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.
"The constitutional right to abortion has never been more fragile than it is heading into 2022."
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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.
Sarah Weddington, who appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court to successfully argue Roe v. Wade, died Dec. 26 at her home in Austin. She was 76. https://t.co/J7ntE1rBT1
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 28, 2021
As we mourn Sarah Weddington’s passing, we are reminded that her fight continues. Abortion rights are under attack, and it will not end until we can ensure that the constitutional right to reproductive freedom is secure across our nation. https://t.co/aWuvH74Giy
— Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (@CongressmanRaja) December 28, 2021
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.
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