For today, the women of this Nation still retain the liberty to control their destinies. But the signs are evident and very ominous, and a chill wind blows.
U.S. Supreme Court, in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services (1989).
The right to privacy...is broad enough to encompass a woman's decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.Harry Blackmun
The states are not free, under the guise of protecting maternal health or potential life, to intimidate women into continuing pregnancies.Harry Blackmun
In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently.Harry Blackmun
From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death. For more than 20 years, I have endeavored - indeed, I have struggled - along with a majority of this Court, to develop procedural and substantive rules that would lend more than the mere appearance of fairness to the death penalty endeavor. Rather than continue to coddle the Court's delusion that the desired level of fairness has been achieved and the need for regulation eviscerated, I feel morally and intellectually obligated simply to concede that the death penalty experiment has failed.Harry Blackmun