Attorney Sarah Weddington On Reproductive Rights 40 Years After Roe V. Wade

Jan 23, 2013

Attorney Sarah Weddington is shown outside her offices on Monday, April 19, 2004, in Austin, Texas. Weddington argued the US Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in 1971 and 1972.
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Roe v. Wade became the law of the land 40 years ago, but the battle over abortion rights continues today. The past two years saw new restrictions on access to abortion in many states. A recent Pew poll found steady public support for the Roe v. Wade decision, but there's also some confusion — more than half of those under 30 did not know what issue the case dealt with. Sarah Weddington argued Roe v. Wade before the US Supreme Court in 1971 and 1972. She joins us with an assessment of the present and future of women's reproductive rights.

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