Roe v. Wade Was Stroke of Political Genius

Roe v. Wade, as a political achievement, succeeded in striking an extraordinary balance that, four decades later, endures.

It is now common to view Roe v. Wade as a low point in the history of the Supreme Court -- a conceptual failure one or two notches above Plessy v. Ferguson perhaps, but embarrassing nonetheless. Even a stalwart supporter of women's rights such as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said the decision moved "too far, too fast," embracing a new right to abortion before the American public was ready for it.

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