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In the controversial case Roe v Wade a pregnant woman who was given the name Jane Roe to hide her identity attempted to get an abortion but they were illegal in Texas so she sued the state for invasion of privacy Roes real name is Norma McCorvey she was an ex-carnival worker who was raped and became pregnant In 1969 when she moved back to her home state she was denied and abortion on grounds that her health was not threatened She started to look for other options such as an abortion clinic out of the country but those were too risky She had given up searching for a safe clinical abortion when two lawyers contacted her about her story These lawyers were Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington Weddington had herself been through the search for an abortion clinic that was decent She was lucky she was able to live in Mexico for several weeks and could pay the high price for a safe abortion Weddington did not want others to go through the insecurity of an illegal abortion like she had Coffee was a practiced lawyer who was a strong supporter of abortions John and Mary Doe a couple that had offered their services in a previous abortion case approached Coffee and Weddington who quickly included them in the case Coffee and Wellington made a perfect couple to head up the fight against the District Attorney of Texas Henry Wade Wade had been the District Attorney for twenty years and on March 6 1970 he received the paper that stated Jane Roe and John and Mary Doe were suing him He had shown many times before his firm beliefs in preserving the Texas abortion laws Henry Wade chose one of his most capable lawyers John Tolle to defend him in this suit Coffee and Weddington went off the argument that A woman is guaranteed the right to an abortion by her constitutional right to
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