If attorney Sarah Weddington was alive today to see the undoing of her victory in Roe v. Wade, her partner from the case knows what she might say: “Vote.”

“I wouldn’t give up,” 79-year-old Linda Coffee said. “But I think it’s going to be fought really hard on both sides.” 

Coffee spoke by phone about Friday’s ruling from her home in Mineola, east of Dallas. She had been watching news coverage about the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision, which determined abortion is no longer a constitutional right and can be decided by states. 

The last living member of Jane Roe’s legal team, Coffee said she is unsure what will come next. Abortion rights lawyers have some legal avenues to pursue, but the struggle to regain abortion as a constitutional right might come down to what politicians and justices are in power, she said.

At the least, abortions are going to become more expensive and prohibitive for women, Coffee added.



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