Linda Coffee andSarah Weddingtonargued in favor ofNorma McCorvey, also known asJane Roe, and her right to have an abortion in the caseRoe v Wade. Coffee came up with the name Jane Roe. Although Weddington is more well known for this case, Coffee was the one that came in contact withNorma McCorvey.It was argued that a woman has a constitutional right to have an abortion because of theFourteenth Amendment.The challenged Texas law only permitted abortion only if it was medically necessary to save the life of the woman.The Court's decision was ultimately handed down in January 1973, overturning Texas’ abortion law by a 7-2 majority and legalizing abortion within the first trimester of pregnancy.This was a landmark decision because it enabled women everywhere in America to have an abortion in their first trimester andstruck downmany federal and state laws regarding abortion.
Reacting to the leaked draft opinion inDobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, she lamented the prospect ofRoebeing overturned. She opined that the leak was unethical and that states will either try to allow abortion or restrict it, advising pro-choice litigators that "They should try to carry on the best they can."Following the decision to overturnRoe, Coffee said the Supreme Court's decision to overturn it "flies in the face of American freedom" and "destroys dignity of all American women"