Feminist attorney Sarah Weddington has passed away at the age of 76. She was the feminist lawyer who argued in favor of Roe v. Wade at the Supreme Court in 1973, resulting in one of the most infamous an criticized Supreme Court decisions in history.
As a result of the case, 63 million babies have been killed in abortions.
Weddington’s former student Susan Hayes told The Texas Tribune that she died in her sleep in Austin. She had been in poor health and the cause of her death is not immediately clear, Hayes said.
Weddington represented Norma McCorvey, who was the Jane Roe in the infamous abortion case. Despite the constant discussion revolving around Roe v. Wade, few people seem to know the story behind the case. Norma McCorvey, the woman who “inspired” this landmark case, never even had an abortion.
McCorvey, who had been pregnant at the time, was a young mother of three who simply wanted a divorce from her husband. Instead, she was approached by Weddington to take her case to court. McCorvey said Weddington manipulated her story to make a case to legalize the killing of unborn children.
McCorvey later went on to become a fierce pro-life advocate against abortion. She also mentioned on numerous occasions that Weddington and a multitude of other pro-abortion activists treated her like “white trash.”
Some may hail Weddington as a revolutionary hero for women, but Weddington’s legacy has been built on manipulation and the exploitation of women and unborn babies from the very start.
Janet Morana, Executive Director of Silent No More, a group that is a voice for women who have had abortions and regret their decision, told LifeNews that Weddington had an abortion — which could have led to her abortion advocacy.
“Weddington lost a child of her own to abortion,” Morana explained. “I often wonder what would have happened if she sought healing for that loss rather than arguing in favor of legal abortion for any reason at any point in pregnancy. We might be a different nation today.”
Father Frank Pavone, the head of Priests for Life, chimed in as well about Weddington’s passing.
“Just 13 days ago (December 13) was the 50th anniversary of the day Sarah Weddington stood before the Supreme Court to argue in the Roe vs. Wade case. Her name will forever be a reminder of the biggest mistake that court ever made. Now, of course, we await the same court’s decision that could potentially reverse Roe,” he said.
Pavone added: “Weddington was no hero for women or for freedom, both of which have suffered extensive damage by legal abortion. May her passing be a reminder that Roe is a decision whose time has passed, and that likewise needs to be laid to rest.”
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas released a statement following Weddington’s death, calling her a “key figure in the abortion rights movement.”
“Sarah Weddington was a key figure in the abortion rights movement in our country. Her fight at the Supreme Court secured our right to abortion with Roe v. Wade,” Planned Parenthood said on Twitter. “We are fortunate for leaders like her, and will continue to honor her legacy in our fight for reproductive rights.”
After arguing for Roe, Weddington was a Texas state representative, serving in the state House from 1972-1977 as a Democrat before becoming general counsel to the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Carter administration.
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