Sarah Weddington, a lawyer who argued for abortion in Roe v. Wade has died at the age of 76.
Feminist lawyer Sarah Weddington was the youngest person ever to argue a case before the Supreme Court at age 26.
Her efforts saw the pro-abortion Jane Roe argument win the landmark Roe v. Wade case in 1973.
Early Sunday morning, as the Supreme Court is reconsidering the details of U.S. abortion law, the lawyer passed away in her sleep after “a series of health issues,” a former student announced. She was 76.
Weddington, in her book about Roe v. Wade, said that in 1967 during her third year of law school, she had traveled to Mexico herself to access an abortion, which was illegal in the United States at the time.
There have been over 62 million abortions since Roe v Wade according to an estimate.
The National Right to Life Committee (NRLTC), the nation’s oldest pro-life organization, says it reached an estimate of 62,502,904 by tracking data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Guttmacher Institute, which previously served as a research arm of the nation’s preeminent abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.
Since Guttmacher’s latest data was from 2017, NRLTC used the number from that year — 862,320 — to project figures for 2018-2020. While CDC has provided counts up to 2018, its numbers are limited due to the exclusion of California, New Hampshire, and Maryland.
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