Sarah Weddington, Who Argued Roe, Dies And Sadly Now Abortion Rights Are In Extreme Danger

By Donald A. Collins | 30 December 2021
Church and State

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Sarah Weddington died at age 76 on Sunday December 26th at her home in Austin, Texas.

Texas’ recent abortion law has become one of huge legal controversy and the fate of 48 year old Roe would never have surfaced had not the philandering Trump hypocritically picked three religious zealots as Supreme Court justices.

I met Sarah Weddington only once in NYC at the Algonquin Hotel, site of the famous celebrity Roundtable on 42nd Street in the company of Fred Jaffee and Jeanie Rosoff, both senior officials at Planned Parenthood’s national headquarters just after she had won her landmark case in 1973.

Earlier I had helped Fred and Jeanie find the initial funding for what by then had become the prestigious Guttmacher Institute, which has since compiled a distinguished record of providing important family planning information worldwide.

Later another former PP VP Winfield Best and I combined to fund and make “Whose Choice?” the film on this site which you will find of interest in which we paid Weddington to speak to a mixed audience about the right to a safe abortion. We then had filmed comments several senior leaders from most mainstream religions including a Catholic priest.

This film also contains other dramatic scenes of pro-choice leaders including Molly Yard’s speech to a mass gathering on the Washington Mall, as she shouts, “We will never go back!”, but of course thanks to Donald Trump we are likely going back to religious anti-choice barbarism.

The version of the film on our site is a later edition of the original, introduced by Reverend Carlton Veasey who lauds the subsequent favorable effects of choice for all women.

Weddington’s December 29th obituary in the Washington Post and her 27th obituary in The NY Times which you can read here tells of her getting an abortion before she at 26 became a prominent young woman to arguing a major case for choice before the Supreme Court.

Trump’s role in undermining human rights in our fragile democracy will include restricting safe abortions, a likely cruel irony based on his own personal behavior.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?” and “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population”.

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