Meet Jane, Jane Roe
In 1969 Jane Roe was pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. But abortion was illegal in Texas and she could not afford to travel out of state for the procedure. She ended up having the baby, a girl, and put her up for adoption. But Jane didn’t want any other woman to suffer as she had.
Meet Henry, Henry Wade
In 1969, Henry Wade was the district attorney in Dallas County, Texas. An unforgettably aggressive lawyer, Wade garnered fame when he prosecuted Jack Ruby, the man who assassinated Lee Harvery Oswald in the Dallas police headquarters after JFK was shot.
Meet Jane Meeting Henry
In 1970, Jane Roe filed a lawsuit against Henry Wade (in his capacity as a representative of Texas), hence Roe v. Wade.
The lawsuit claimed the Texas law criminalizing all abortion, except when necessary to save the life of the mother, was unconstitutional.
Jane argued that the law invades a pregnant woman’s constitutional right to personal privacy, which she believed includes the right to terminate a pregnancy at any time before a live birth.
Texas argued that the embryo, then fetus, is a person, whose right to life and equal protection under the law is guaranteed by the Constitution. Therefore, a pregnant woman cannot deprive the fetus of its rights by having an abortion.
The case ultimately made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and, interestingly, the high court didn’t fully agree with Roe, and didn’t fully agree with Wade.
Instead, the court attempted to strike a balance that threw carrots at each side, and in doing so, left a slew of unanswered questions and set the stage for a nearly 50 year season of roaring and rage, on both sides.
This talk recounts the journey of Jane Roe, Henry Wade, their cataclysmic meeting in the United States Supreme Court, and the ensuing aftermath.
Our content will focus on asking and answering the following questions:
So, please join me on this fascinating journey as we unpack the ongoing fight for abortion rights in America that no one actually seems to be winning.
I promise there will be plenty of political intrigue, legal maneuvering, virtue signaling, and straight-up knock-down drag-out fights for the hearts and minds of the American people and their collective support either for or against abortion.
I’m Attorney Kelley Keller, passionate educator teaching regular everyday people how to understand and access the law, know the rights it protects, and learn to advocate effectively for things that matter.
I’m thrilled you’re hanging out with me.
So, are you ready?
Buckle up … it’s go time.