Chief Justice William Rehnquist Dies Surrounded by Family
Chief Justice William Rehnquist
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, William Rehnquist died tonight after battling thyroid cancer. A spokeswoman from the Court said that Rehnquist’s three children were with him when he died at an Arlington, Virginia hospital earlier this evening.
News reports are already noting that his legacy includes moving the Court “toward a more conservative ideology.”
I would add that among his most important acts in a long life of public service is the fact that he authored a dissent from the majority decision in Roe v. Wade that made abortion legal:
To reach its result, the Court necessarily has had to find within the scope of the Fourteenth Amendment a right that was apparently completely unknown to the drafters of the Amendment.
Taking that stand, joined only by Justice Byron White, is an honorable legacy.
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