Daughter of Harry Blackmun Had Crisis Pregnancy Before Roe Abortion Decision
by Steven Ertelt
September 23, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Seven years prior to her father wrote the opinion in Roe v. Wade that ushered in an era of more than 50 million abortions, the daughter of the late Supreme Court Justice harry Blackmun experienced a crisis pregnancy. Sally Blackmun told her story to a political meeting of women in Minnesota.
According to Blackmun, she became pregnant in 1966 at the age of 19 while she attended college in New York.
Justice Blackmun was a federal judge at the time and she worried her pregnancy as an unmarried mother would tarnish his legal career.
Although one of her sisters mentioned the possibility of getting an abortion, which was legal in only a few states at the time, she dismissed the idea and ultimately married
"The fact that my father was a sitting federal judge made (an abortion’s) illicit nature not only a risk to my health but a potential embarrassment to my family and Dad’s career," she said, according to the Post Bulletin newspaper.
In the time since then, Sally Blackmun has become a corporate attorney and — no surprise to pro-life advocates — an abortion advocate.
Blackmun gave her talk to a meeting of activists with womenwinning, a political action committee that has raised more than $1.5 million since 1982 for pro-abortion candidates.
She also talked about life after her father opened the doors for abortion on demand.
"I don’t think anyone in the courtroom that day realized what a momentous decision it would turn out to be. At the time, Dad thought it was just one more logical and necessary step on the road to the full emancipation of women in this country," she said.
The newspaper indicated she said Justice Blackmun received 80,000 letters from the time of the decision until he passed away in 1999 and that he read each letter.
Sally Blackmun claims that abortion has made life better for women but she said nothing of the medical and mental health problems most women face after an abortion.
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