Sarah Weddington: Tributes to the lawyer who litigated and won Roe v Wade | US News
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Tributes were paid to Sarah Weddington after the death of the lawyer who litigated and won the landmark Roe v Wade Supreme Court case, establishing the right to abortion, at the age of 76.
Susan Hays, Weddington’s alumnus and Democratic candidate for Texas agriculture commissioner, announcement on Twitter that Weddington died Sunday morning “after a series of health problems”.
Alexis McGill Johnson, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood, America’s largest provider of reproductive services, including abortions, tweeted: “What a loss. What a tremendous legacy.
“Planned Parenthood will continue to honor the work of Sarah Weddington every day – by continuing to fight to ensure that everyone has access to abortion.”
Steve Vladeck, professor at the University of Texas Law School, of which Weddington is a graduate, wrote: “Sarah Weddington was 26 (!) When she first challenged Roe before [the supreme court] in December 1971, just over three years after graduating.
“A remarkable woman, a remarkable career and a remarkable life. May his memory be a blessing.
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, of the National Council of Jewish Women, tweeted: “May her memory be a blessing that enlightens our path in our fight for access to abortion and equity for all. “
Julián Castro, a Texas politician who served as Housing Secretary under Barack Obama and ran for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, wrote: “Sarah Weddington was a proud Texan who led the charge of protecting reproductive rights under Roe v Wade.
“She leaves behind an incredible legacy – a legacy that we must defend more than ever.”
He was referring to growing threats against Roe v Wade, including the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization case heard by the Supreme Court earlier this month, which could weaken the provisions of the landmark ruling.
Colin Allred, a civil rights attorney and Democratic congressman for the 32nd District of Texas, spoke about the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a Texas abortion law, the most extreme in the United States to date, which prohibits abortions at six weeks and makes no exceptions to invest and rape.
“Texas was home to Sarah Weddington who supported Roe, who no longer exists here,” Allred wrote. “Our story gives hope for our future. We must continue to fight for a better Texas.
Celia Israel, Democratic member of the Texas state legislature, tweeted about studying under Weddington at the University of Texas, Austin.
“It was always difficult to call her just ‘Sarah’,” Israel wrote. “She commanded respect …
“As is the case with the teachers and leaders we admire, we are their heritage.”
In an interview with The Guardian in 2017, Weddington predicted: “Whatever else I do in my life, the title of my obituary will always be ‘Roe v Wade’s lawyer dies’.”
She was at peace with it, she said.
“I think most women of my generation can remember our feelings about fighting,” she said. “It’s like a young love. You might not feel exactly the same, but you do remember it.
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