To a degree, Perkins and Bonauto get some support from one of the nine people with a say in the matter, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
In February, Ginsburg questioned the timing of the abortion decision and suggested it may have contributed to the ongoing bitter debate about abortion.
‘‘It’s not that the judgment was wrong, but it moved too far too fast,’’ Ginsburg said at Columbia University.
At the time of Roe v. Wade, abortion was legal on request in four states, allowed under limited circumstances in about 16 others, and outlawed under nearly all circumstances in the other states, including Texas, where the Roe case originated.
The court could have put off dealing with abortion while the state-by-state process evolved, she said. Or her predecessors could have struck down just the Texas law, which allowed abortions only to save a mother’s life, without declaring a right to privacy that legalized the procedure nationwide, Ginsburg said.
‘‘The court made a decision that made every abortion law in the country invalid, even the most liberal,’’ Ginsburg said. ‘‘We'll never know whether I'm right or wrong ... things might have turned out differently if the court had been more restrained.’’
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