Sarah Weddington Death – Cause of Death: Lawyer in Roe v Wade case, Sarah Weddington has passed away. She was 76.
Attorney, law professor, and member of the Texas House of Representatives who was best known for representing “Jane Roe” in the landmark Roe v. Wade case before the United States Supreme Court has died.
Weddington was found unresponsive by her assistant, Susan Hays in her Austin home on Sunday, December 26. Her cause of death was not disclosed.
Sarah Weddington died this morning after a series of health issues. With Linda Coffee she filed the first case of her legal career, Roe v. Wade, fresh out of law school. She was my professor at UT, the best writing instructor I ever had, and a great mentor. 1/
— Susan Hays (@hays4ag) December 26, 2021
After graduating, Weddington found it difficult to find a job with a law firm and then joined a group of graduate students at University of Texas-Austin that were researching ways to challenge various anti-abortion statutes.
Soon after, a pregnant woman named Norma McCorvey visited a local attorney seeking an abortion. The attorney instead assisted McCorvey with handing over her child for adoption and after doing so, referred McCorvey to Weddington and Linda Coffee.
In March 1970, Weddington and her co-counsel filed suit against Henry Wade, the Dallas district attorney and the person responsible for enforcing the anti-abortion statute. McCorvey became the landmark plaintiff and was referred in the legal documents as “Jane Roe” to protect her identity.
The Court’s decision was ultimately handed down in January 1973, overturning Texas’ abortion law by a 7-2 majority and legalizing abortion throughout the United States.
After arguing Roe v. Wade, Weddington was elected to three terms in the Texas House of Representatives.