The Utah man who made headlines this week for seeking to prevent his estranged wife from having an abortion would probably not have been successful in court, says a lawyer who successfully argued the landmark Roe vs. Wade abortion case.
Sarah Weddington, the lawyer who argued on behalf of Jane Roe in the 1973 case that legalized abortion in the United States, spoke Thursday at Utah State University."There have been several cases like this all over the country. I think more than anything else the man is trying to change the woman's mind or perhaps trying to delay it until it's too late," she said.
"I don't know of any case where a man has been able to insist that a woman carry a pregnancy to term. The Supreme Court says that the right of decision belongs to the woman, hopefully in consultation (with the father), but if there's a disagreement it's her final decision."
Weddington, who at age 26 was the youngest lawyer to argue a case before the Supreme Court, was at USU as a Convocation lecturer. Her talk was sponsored by the USU Women's Center as part of National Women's History Month activities.
She lectures at two Texas universities in addition to maintaining her law practice.