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Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says Roe v. Wade went too far
Sarah Muller
MSNBC
May 13, 2013

One might expect one of the most liberal members of the Supreme Court to praise the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized a women’s right to choose. But over the weekend, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made headlines for candidly discussing the landmark 1973 ruling, saying it went too far and gave anti-choice protesters a symbol to target.

“That was my concern, that the court had given opponents of access to abortion a target to aim at relentlessly,” Ginsburg told a group of students at the University of Chicago Law School on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. “My criticism of Roe is that it seemed to have stopped the momentum that was on the side of change.”

This isn’t the first time she’s spoken out about the case. “She has repeatedly over the years expressed her concern that the Roe decision was problematic.  She said something similar, though not quite as explicit, earlier this year,” NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams told MSNBC.com.