Communications Department

Will Coverage of Blackmun Papers Revive Media Myths About Roe v. Wade?

Mar 3, 2004 | 2004 Press Releases

WASHINGTON — Tomorrow (March 4), the papers of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun will be opened to the public. Reporters for The New York Times and National Public Radio were given access to the papers as of January 1, so their initial reports are expected to be the most extensive.

In the hope that coverage of the Blackmun papers will not result in renewed propagation of some persistent myths about Roe v. Wade and about Justice Blackmun, NRLC has issued a six-page memo regarding the myths: (1) The “first trimester” myth. (2) The “Court is now split 5-4 on Roe” myth. (3) The “overturning Roe bans all abortion” myth. (4) The “public supports Roe” myth. (5) The “Blackmun shot at” myth.

National Right to Life will have spokespersons available to respond to any reporting dealing with Blackmun’s authorship of Roe v. Wade or other abortion-related issues.

This memo is available by contacting Media Relations at (202) 626-8825 or by e-mail at  Additional updates may be available at the NRLC website