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Catholics on the court: The historical struggle between canon and constitutional law

In late 1972, while drafting the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, Justice Harry Blackmun asked fellow Justice William Brennan to review a section in the opinion concerning the Roman Catholic Church. "Your judgment as to this will be most helpful," Blackmun wrote, according to a biography of Brennan. Blackmun turned to Brennan for ...