The lawyer who successfully argued Roe v. Wade and went on to become a professor at the University of Texas has been laid off from the school, the Daily Texan reports.
Sarah Weddington was just 26 when she represented Jane Roe pro bono before the Supreme Court in 1971. At UT, she served on the faculty of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies for 23 years.
According to the Texan, Weddington knew that the school was facing budget woes but didn't expect to lose her job. As an adjunct professor, she earns $80,899 per year, according to UT's salary database.
In 2003, Weddington reflected on her experience in Time Magazine, and how her students differed from her. "There are very few young people who are activists in the same way we were," she said. "These young women just haven't had the same resistance as we did, but at the same time they are far more determined to make their own decisions than we were."
After arguing Roe v. Wade, Weddington went on advise Jimmy Carter and become an advocate for breast cancer research. She is a survivor of the disease.