Washington D.C., Mar 8, 2004 / 22:00 pm
Recently found documents reveal that Roe v. Wade was nearly overturned by the United States Supreme Court in 1992, reported Talon News yesterday.
Evidence of this was found in the pages of the personal notes of the late Justice Harry Blackmun, who served on the Supreme Court for 24 years. Though his notes were officially released to the public on the fifth anniversary of his death in 1999, these new papers were only released March 4.
In the 1992 case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Chief Justice William Rehnquist had an apparent 5-4 majority that would have reversed the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Justices Byron White, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Anthony Kennedy were expected to join Rehnquist in the majority, reported Talon News.
However, while Rehnquist was working on the majority ruling, Kennedy decided he needed to deliberate further on the case.