Blackmun Papers Detail Road to 'Roe'

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The first page of Blackmun's May 18, 1972, first draft opinion in Roe v. Wade. Library of Congress hide caption

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The collected papers of the late Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, author of the Roe v. Wade decision, detail how Blackmun came to write the critical decision — even though he was the court's most junior justice at the time. NPR's Nina Totenberg reports.

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