Brooklyn Law Review   |  June 9, 2006

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The social power and magnitude of abortion as a political issue have long stood in almost comic contrast to the quiet personality of the author of Roe v. Wade. 1 Justice Harry A. Blackmun–once described as “the shy person’s justice”2- wrote one of the most dramatic and far-reaching decisions in American constitutional history. Few other Supreme Court opinions have so dominated political culture for so long, yet its
author did not come even close to dominating the Court. Nonetheless, both the fury and the celebration that Roe engendered have attached themselves indelibly and improbably to Harry Blackmun.

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