Listen: <b>Web Extra:</b> Blackmun Reflects on 'Roe v. Wade'
Listen: <b>Web Extra:</b> Blackmun on the Possibility that 'Roe v. Wade' Would be Overturned
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The first page of Blackmun's May 18, 1972, first draft opinion in Roe v. Wade. View Enlargement
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.