WASHINGTON, Dec 27 — Sarah Weddington, who correctly argued the landmark Roe v. Wade circumstance that enshrined abortion as a legal right in the United States, died Sunday aged 76, in accordance to a previous university student and media reviews.
In 1973, Weddington argued on behalf of plaintiff Norma McCorvey—known by the pseudonym “Jane Roe”—against Dallas district legal professional Henry Wade in the US Supreme Courtroom.
The best court docket finally dominated that obtain to abortion was a constitutional right—striking down restrictive condition legislation.
Weddington is thought to have been one particular of youngest men and women at any time to win a situation before the US’ best court docket.
She died “after a series of health issues”, former college student Democratic applicant for Texas agriculture commissioner Susan Hays said on Twitter.
Abortion has been lawful in the United States for approximately 50 years but continues to be a bitterly contentious challenge, and entry to the process may differ from condition to state.
Lawful observers hope the conservative-dominated Supreme Court docket to also overturn Roe v. Wade subsequent year, which would pave the way for overall bans at the point out amount.
In 1998, Weddington expressed alarm when point out-led abortion limitations mushroomed nationwide.
“I believe of Roe v. Wade as a residence that is sitting down on the edge of a beach, where by the h2o is coming underneath it and taking the sand out,” she stated.
“The dwelling is nevertheless standing there, but it is more and far more in danger of collapsing in the water.” — AFP