The Story of the Roe v Wade Abortion Decision Essays

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Abortion has been a controversial topic plaguing our society for quite some time now. There seems to be two clear cut stances on abortion: pro-life and pro-choice. But then what a lot of people fail to realize is that there are many people who cannot make up their mind whether they agree with abortion or not. Many believe that abortion is against their religion, that taking another's life is wrong, but they also are haunted by questions such as: 1) What if a woman is raped and then becomes impregnated? No one wants a reminder of such a tragic event, especially a child who would have half the rapist's chromosomes. 2) What if giving birth to a child would put the mother's life at risk? 3) What if giving birth to a child would most likely …show more content…
Both of these young attorneys were interested in challenging the existing abortion laws. Roe realized that even if she decided to challenge the laws using Coffee and Weddington, she would have given birth long before a decision could be made. However, she decided to become the attorneys' "guinea pig" and take a stab at challenging the abortion laws.

The Plaintiff's Attorneys: Weddington and Coffee

Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee wanted to challenge Texas' abortion laws because they believed that they infringed on a woman's constitutional "right to privacy," focusing on the Fourteenth and Ninth Amendments. The Fourteenth Amendment states that

"No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

The Ninth Amendment, which most of their case was based on, states "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

Coffee and Weddington believed that they had a very good chance at winning. In Connecticut, Estelle Griswold, executive director of Planned Parenthood of Connecticut, and Dr. Charles Lee Burton were arrested for providing information about birth control as well as contraceptives. Griswold and Burton appealed to

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