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Roe v. Wade attorney to speak at Duke

Posted February 18, 2013

— On the 40th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, the attorney who successfully argued the case will speak at Duke University, the school announced Monday.

On Feb. 25, lawyer, professor and women’s rights advocate Sarah Weddington will deliver the 2013 Jean Fox O’Barr Distinguished Lecture. The 7 p.m. event, to be held at Reynolds Theater in the Bryan Center, is free and open to the public. Tickets will be distributed at the door.

Weddington, who argued Roe at the age of 26, will discuss women and leadership. She believes women often have key leadership skills, yet few women hold high-profile leadership titles, according to the university's news release.

In 1972, Weddington became the first woman from Austin ever elected to the Texas House of Representatives. During her three-term tenure she helped reform the Texas rape statutes, passed an equal credit bill for women, a pregnancy leave bill for Texas teachers and blocked antiabortion legislation. She later served as general council for the U.S. Department of Agriculture under President Jimmy Carter.

The author of “A Question of Choice,” Weddington has received much recognition for her work, including the 2006 International Athena Award, which is presented to individuals who have achieved professional excellence and who have assisted women in reaching their full potential, according to the university. In 2005, she began a three-year term on the Council for the American Bar Association's Section of Individual Rights and Freedoms.

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  • linspace Feb 26, 2013

    Anti-abortionists: How many kids have YOU adopted to raised into loved and responsible adults? It's not about infants, it's about the whole person forever.

    two so far... and you?

  • linspace Feb 26, 2013

    Someone should abort her speech,, she will not see it as a choice then...

  • atheistswillrule Feb 22, 2013

    atheistswillrule: Why are women so weak that they cannot "the rights of self determination over their own reproductive health." PRIOR to conception? Irakydarb2

    Sorry, your moralizing and anti-woman sentiments don't fly. What about couples where contraception fails? Should they be forced to have the baby when they took steps to not get pregnant? What about a teenager who is experimenting and becomes pregnant? Afe you going to force her to have the child and ruin her life? " Irresponsible " sexual activity or not, it is not YOUR place to deny a woman the right to an abortion.

  • lrakydarb2 Feb 19, 2013

    atheistswillrule: Why are women so weak that they cannot "the rights of self determination over their own reproductive health." PRIOR to conception? And don't bring up rape. I will give you the 5% of rape victims if you give me the 95% of irresponsible sexual activity.

  • atheistswillrule Feb 19, 2013

    how convenient they don't bother to mention that 'Roe' is now a strong pro-life advocate :) friendlyman

    ROE ( Norma McCorvey) was simply the catalyst for the lawsuit. Her plight represented the plight of many women. Roe was never help up as a model citizen. In fact, by age 21 she had been pregnant 3 times. She turned lesbian for many years, she turned Catholic , she met an evangelical minister. She is now anti-abortion. Her vacillations do not take away from the legal argument of women deserving the rights of self determination over their own reproductive health.

  • friendlyman Feb 19, 2013

    how convenient they don't bother to mention that 'Roe' is now a strong pro-life advocate :)

  • Snookyone Feb 19, 2013

    Anti-abortionists: How many kids have YOU adopted to raised into loved and responsible adults? It's not about infants, it's about the whole person forever.

  • beach2011 Feb 19, 2013

    God bless our society - amazing how we can justify anything!

  • atheistswillrule Feb 19, 2013

    Such a sad legacy to bear. The cycle of poverty and neglect is no better without these precious children. Death does not bring "life" to any part of our society. pmck

    Sorry, but I have a niece who was pregnant at 15. She had an abortion and I am glad she did. She has since graduated high school with honors as well as Duke University and is now a child psychologist. But people like you would have forced her into having the baby, shamed her for having a baby out of wedlock and more or less ruined her future. Tell you what, there are 1000's of orphans in this state right now, how about adopting a few instead of pointing your finger at others for making their own choices.

  • Texan Feb 18, 2013

    I have seen enough babies born addicted to drugs and the terrible suffering they go through to know that death would have been a blessing. I support a woman's right to chose.

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