Roe v. Wade. Decided two days after Nixon's second inaugural. Little needs to be said of the impact of this decision on American politics. With the rise of the Religious Right, "compromise" became a thing of the past.
What is little known is how this decision was made. The idea of "viability" was not part of Justice Blackmun's first or even second drafts of the abortion cases.
January 1973 explains for the first time, based on exclusive interviews with Larry Hammond, Justice Powell's law clerk, the central role of Justice Powell and his law clerk in the fashioning of the opinion.