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Linda Coffee, one of the two lawyers who represented “Jane Roe” in the landmark Roe v. Wade case, poses for a portrait in he…
Texas Abortion Restrictions

Linda Coffee argued Roe v. Wade. Now, she’s watching its demise.

Coffee was just 30 when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with her argument that the constitutional right to privacy extended to abortion: “I thought, OK, well this is done now. I was thinking the [abortion] question was settled for as long as the country lasted.”

A photo of lawyers Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee in Coffee’s home in Mineola, TX on July 7, 2022.
Rebecca Hartt points to mementos of her partner Linda Coffee’s career in their home in Mineola on July 7, 2022.

The right to privacy

A letter from Linda Coffee addressed to Sarah Weddington, a fellow UT Law graduate, inviting Weddington to co-counsel on the…
Linda Coffee, one of the two lawyers who represented “Jane Roe” in the landmark Roe v. Wade case, in her home in Mineola, TX…

Taking the case to the top

The filing receipt for Roe vs. Wade from the U.S. Northern District Court of Texas in Linda Coffee’s home in Mineola, TX on …

After the ruling

Linda Coffee and her partner Rebecca Hartt pet their dog Debbie in their home in Mineola, TX on July 7, 2022.
Linda Coffee, one of the two lawyers who represented “Jane Roe” in the landmark Roe v. Wade case, poses for a portrait in he…

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