Seven years prior to her father wrote the opinion in Roe v. Wade that ushered in an era of more than 50 million abortions, the daughter of the late Supreme Court Justice harry Blackmun experienced a crisis pregnancy. Sally Blackmun told her story to a political meeting of women in Minnesota.
According to Blackmun, she became pregnant in 1966 at the age of 19 while she attended college in New York.
Justice Blackmun was a federal judge at the time and she worried her pregnancy as an unmarried mother would tarnish his legal career.
Although one of her sisters mentioned the possibility of getting an abortion, which was legal in only a few states at the time, she dismissed the idea and ultimately married.
"The fact that my father was a sitting federal judge made (an abortion's) illicit nature not only a risk to my health but a potential embarrassment to my family and Dad's career," she said, according to the Post Bulletin newspaper.