Strongest supporters of abortion rights: Justice Harry A. Blackmun, 83...author of Roe vs. Wade...Current position: Abortion is a fundamental right, and no restriction may be imposed unless necessary to uphold a "compelling" official goal.
Justice John Paul Stevens, 72...abortion is a fundamental right, and most restrictions would be unconstitutional unless necessary to a "compelling" official goal.
Only partly in favor:
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, 62...abortion is a "limited" fundamental right, and restrictions that put an "undue burden" on that right are unconstitutional unless necessary to a "compelling" official goal; if they do not impose an "undue burden," they are valid if "rational."
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, 67, and Justice Byron R. White, 74...only dissenters in Roe vs. Wade... Current position: the Constitution allows states to pass any law that is "reasonable" and that helps achieve some "legitimate" official goal -- including protecting fetuses throughout pregnancy.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, 55...The Constitution allows states pass any "reasonable" laws keyed to a "legitimate" official goal -- including protecting fetuses throughout pregnancy.
Justice Antonin Scalia, 56...Roe vs. Wade should be overruled completely and without delay.
Justice David H. Souter, 52...no public position as a judge on Roe vs. Wade or abortion rights...told Senate Judiciary Committee he beieves in "marital privacy"...as a state legal officer, wrote legal briefs critical of Roe.
Justice Clarence Thomas, 43...no public position as a judge on Roe or abortion rights...told senators last year he favors "marital privacy"...as a federal government official, praised legal article arguing that fetuses have a constitutional right to life from the moment of conception.