Forty years ago today, Justice Harry Blackmun announced the decision of the Supreme Court in case of Roe v. Wade. (Bolton v. Doe was announced on the same day.) An Internet search today for “Roe v. Wade announced” produces over two million documents, as the decision remains one of the most controversial in the modern history of the court.
There are hundreds of stories noting the anniversary. This one from NPR provides an historical perspective going back well before the Roe case.
Below: first page of Justice Blackmun’s final circulated draft of Roe. See Justice Powell’s entire case file for Roe.