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Poor pregnant and desperate Norma McCorvey fell into the hands of two young and ambitious lawyers They were looking for a plaintiff with whom they could challenge the Texas State law prohibiting abortion and Norma signed on Little did she know that her signature would one day make her an international figure Though she was touted as a symbol of everything women could gain by being free to choose an abortion the real Jane Roe was an embarrassment to the image that the Ivy League feminists tried so hard to project Norma was uneducated unskilled a drug user and an alcoholic She became a helpless pawn in a powerful game McCorvey decided to go along and sue the state of Texas because her constitutional rights were being taken away from her The state court ruled in favor of McCorvey but it was not a strong enough verdict to change the arrests of abortion doctors in Texas Because the exact part of the Constitution that dealt indirectly with the right to privacy could not be pinpointed and so Norma McCorvey and Sarah Weddington decided to take it to the Supreme Court From then on Norma McCorvey would be known by the generic name Jane Roe to protect the very right of privacy which she was fighting for The first hearing of the Supreme Court case Roe v Henry Wade District Attorney of Dallas County took place on December 13 1971 Sarah Weddington had a strong case for privacy but once again the direct part of the Constitution that dealt with her case could not be decided upon The council for Wade was Jay Floyd who opened badly and never really impressed the justices He opened his arguments with jokes and did not have any real basis for why the Texas laws should be upheld The judges were later said to be too harsh on Floyd who was just trying to lighten the atmosphere In fact
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