Lawyer who argued Roe thought abortion issue was “settled”

Sarah Weddington, one of the women who argued Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court, believed that the Roe ruling would settle the abortion debate. She had not anticipated the rise of the pro-life movement.

“Initially I joined others in thinking that the basic question had been settled: abortion was and would continue to be legal. In a few years, I thought, the decision would be accepted, abortion would become a part of routine medical practice, and the opposition would go away. Until that time, we just needed to protect what we had won.”

Later in the book, she says:

“If someone had told me in 1969 that I would still be talking about abortion 40 years later, I would have thought that preposterous.”

Sarah Weddington A Question of Choice (New York: The Feminist Press, 2013 ed.) 195, 276

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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