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Top 10 Civil Liberties News Stories of the Week - August 11, 2006 Edition


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Original Plaintiff Seeks to Overturn Landmark Abortion Case
Justice Harry Blackmun

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun (1908-1999), best known for his majority opinion in Roe v. Wade (1973).

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On January 22nd, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two 7-2 rulings. One, Roe v. Wade, legalized first and second trimester abortions in the United States. Decided alongside Roe was a far lesser-known case--Doe v. Bolton--which invalidated Georgia's anti-abortion laws.

Norma ("Jane Roe") McCorvey has since had a religious awakening of sorts and become a right-wing activist, prompting her to unsuccessfully request that Roe v. Wade be revisited. Now Sandra ("Mary Doe") Cano has made a similar request. The case itself is unlikely to be revisited, but the decision over whether or not to hear the case could potentially indicate the direction that new Supreme Court justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito might take on the issue of abortion.
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