The Story of the Roe v Wade Abortion Decision Essays
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