Sarah Weddington

by audreylegault on April 1, 2015 - 2:10pm

Sarah Weddington is a remarkable woman who fought for women’s rights in America. When she was only 26 years old, she became the lead attorney for the Roe vs. Wade case. Appearing before the Supreme Court, she successfully won the case, allowing women in America the right to abortion. Sarah was close to this case because she also had to have an abortion during her university years. However, since abortion was illegal, she drove to Mexico and had the abortion there. After the Roe vs Wade case, she was elected for three terms in the Texas House of Representatives. Weddington accomplished much during her life. She was the assistant of President Jimmy Carter, and still is an attorney, professor at the University of Texas, and an astounding feminist (Reaves).  

 

This wonderful human being changed the life of thousands and thousands of women. By working on the Roe vs Wade case, she enabled women in America to have access to medical and legal support when having an abortion. Even now, Weddington keeps on making sure that women’s right are now jeopardized (Lapinski).

 

She also created The Weddington Center. This center focuses on her activities, but also encourages a multitude of collaborative projects or endeavors that promotes:

·         “The development of leadership skills;

·         The personal resilience in meeting the draining demands of leadership;

·         Women’s preparation for assuming leadership positions;

·         And commitment to involvement in public and civic leadership.”

Her center really promotes any form of positive leadership (Weddington-Home). Even though the Roe vs Wade case is the highlight of her carrier, Weddington never stopped caring for women’s rights. Even now, she is still scared that people opposing abortion would eventually gain power and refuse women to right to abortion (Lapinski).

 

In America, the right to abortion is still threatened by pro-life people that are part of the government. This year, on Roe vs Wade’s birthday, the Congress had the intention on publishing a bill that would greatly limit the right to abortion and redefine rape. This is exactly what Weddington feared. In the recent years, even with the advancement of medicine and the constant reminder that religion has no place in a government, women are constantly threatened to lose fundamental rights (Ellefson). She still voices her opinion on women’s issues. For example, in the article Sarah Weddington with Emery Weintsetins in 2012, she made some comments on the recent issues on abortion. She said that abortion is still very hard to access. Also, some women are required to have vaginal probe in some states. The accessibility to contraception and who pays for it is still an issue. Over 40 years later, Weddington is still conscious of the issues that women are facing today and is ready to educate people regarding them.

 

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