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  •  Sarah Weddington (8+ / 0-)

    Oregonian: Roe v. Wade lawyer Sarah Weddington addresses Planned Parenthood event on decision's 40th anniversary

    Standing before a crowd of nearly 1,000 in Portland Tuesday, Sarah Weddington, the lawyer who successfully argued Roe v. Wade, recalled the moment she learned she had won the case.

    On the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion, Weddington appeared at Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette's annual luncheon downtown.

    She was working as a newly elected Texas state representative when a New York Times reporter called her on Jan. 22, 1973, she told attendees of the lunch.

    Her assistant answered. The reporter wondered if Weddington had a comment on Roe v. Wade.

    "Should she?" the assistant asked.

    "It was decided today," the reporter said.

    The assistant paused and asked, "How?"

    "She won it, 7-2," the reporter said.

    Portland Mercury: Interview With the Lawyer Who Argued Roe v. Wade
    How old were you at the time?

    I filed it when I was 25, I argued it when I was 26 and won it when I was 27. I was young. But I was willing to do it for free and nobody else was.

    Geez. How did you wind up involved in the case?

    It was a group of people up in Austin, Texas, mostly graduate students [at University of Texas, Austin] who were writers for The Rag, an alternate newspaper. Women kept coming to them and saying, "I need contraception." The [University of Texas] health center had a policy that no one was eligible for contraception unless they certified they were within six weeks of marriage. Because you needed to start the Pill to be ready for your wedding night. The result was a number of unplanned pregnancies. So women were coming this group and saying, "I want an abortion, where can I go?" Eventually, Judy Smith, who was one of the leaders in the group, said, "What we need to do is file a lawsuit! Would you be willing to do that?" And I said, "Yes."

    •  sometimes i don't understand (7+ / 0-)

      why the battle keeps going and going.  and the two sides have nothing in common.  

      with my health, and my daughter's health at risk.  pregnancy kills.  why can't women control their own bodies?  

      Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

      by jlms qkw on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 09:46:45 PM PST

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      •  the GOP (4+ / 0-)
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        mined RoevWade for the ideological passionate wedge they knew they could exploit;

        I believe first of all they used it to wedge Democratic Catholics ( at the time Catholics identified with D-party ) into the GOP;

        that was a big victory;

        anything that can create ideological passions creates a movement that distracts ffrom the real  GOP/Libertarian motives;

        so they can push their Milton Friedman economics  which is against the ideologs best interests;

        same thing as this:


        In an article in the August 30, 2010 issue of The New Yorker magazine, author Jane Mayer links the billionaire brothers David Koch and Charles Koch, owners of Koch Industries to tea party movement funding.

        Mayer writes,
        The anti-government fervor infusing the 2010 elections represents a political triumph for the Kochs.

        By giving money to “educate,” fund, and organize Tea Party protesters, they have helped turn their private agenda into a mass movement.

        Bruce Bartlett, a conservative economist and a historian, who once worked at the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas-based think tank that the Kochs fund, said, “The problem with the whole libertarian movement is that it’s been all chiefs and no Indians. There haven’t been any actual people, like voters, who give a crap about it.

        So the problem for the Kochs has been trying to create a movement.” With the emergence of the Tea Party, he said, “everyone suddenly sees that for the first time there are Indians out there—people who can provide real ideological power.”

        The Kochs, he said, are “trying to shape and control and channel the populist uprising into their own policies.

        Reports indicate that the Tea Party Movement benefits from millions of dollars from conservative foundations that are derived from wealthy U.S. families and their business interests.

        It appears that money to organize and implement the Movement flows primarily through two conservative groups: Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks.

        There are ways to discriminate and get away with it: Tom Hofeller draws “exceptionally smart” redistricting maps. His objective is to "design wombs for the GOP team and tombs for the other guys,” Draper wrote.

        by anyname on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 04:16:17 AM PST

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        •  Great quote - something we all knew (3+ / 0-)
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          but I haven't read references to one of "their own" admitting this reality (i.e., as opposed to parotting the tops-down idealized talking points) quite so starkly.

          "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

          by wader on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 06:45:37 AM PST

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          •  fete de complete (0+ / 0-)

            they feel confident they can't be stopped - so speaking about it;

            There are ways to discriminate and get away with it: Tom Hofeller draws “exceptionally smart” redistricting maps. His objective is to "design wombs for the GOP team and tombs for the other guys,” Draper wrote.

            by anyname on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 02:29:53 AM PST

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