On April 14, 1970, President Nixon nominated Harry A. Blackmun to the United States Supreme Court. On May 12, 1970, the Senate confirmed his nomination (94-0). Take a look at the Congressional Record @ http://goo.gl/uStXuR. This was the second time the Justice was confirmed by the Senate to sit on a federal court. In 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed him to the United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit (that includes Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota). Justice Blackmun was on the federal bench for 34 years, in total, twenty-four of those years on the Supreme Court. He was initially viewed as a conservative, but that changed after he authored the controversial Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, which affirmed a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy during the first trimester.
Justice Blackmun wrote, “the Court has recognized that a right of personal privacy, or a guarantee of certain areas or zones of privacy, does exist under the Constitution.” That right is “broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.” See the entire decision at https://goo.gl/W0S4a5. If you’d like to learn more about Justice Blackmun, you should watch this interview at http://goo.gl/Ld651s.