IN MEMORIAM: Sarah Weddington ’67, Roe v. Wade Attorney and Women’s Rights Activist, Dies at 76

Sarah Weddington

Attorney and women’s rights activist, Sarah Weddington, spoke at the 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington DC. Photograph by Patty Mooney of San Diego, California

The Honorable Sarah Weddington ’67—whose work as a trailblazing lawyer, beloved professor, and dedicated public servant has left a formidable legacy—passed away the morning of December 26 at the age of 76. The cause of her death has not been disclosed, but Weddington, who at 26, just over three years out of law school, successfully argued Roe v. Wade before the U.S. Supreme Court, suffered from a series of health issues in recent years.

“Sarah Weddington was a passionate lawyer and public servant,” said law school Dean Ward Farnsworth. “She fought hard and successfully for what she believed, and she served the state and the legal profession with great distinction. We’ll always be very proud that The University of Texas School of Law was part of her journey. Our thoughts are with her family.”

Weddington’s passing has been extensively reported with informative articles and obituaries. Each reveals different and important details of her remarkable life.

The Texas Tribune

Time Magazine

The New York Times

The Guardian

Dallas Morning News



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