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Ginsburg questions 1973 abortion ruling's timing

Justice Ginsburg suggests high court mistimed milestone Roe-Wade ruling on abortion By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says her predecessors on the high court may have mistimed the milestone 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide.

"It's not that the judgment was wrong, but it moved too far too fast," Ginsburg told a symposium Friday at Columbia Law School marking the 40th anniversary of her joining the faculty.

At the time of Roe, abortion was legal in four states, allowed under limited circumstances in some others, and outlawed under nearly all circumstances in most states, including Texas ' where the case originated.

Alluding to the persisting abortion debate, Ginsburg said the justices of 1973 could have delayed hearing Roe while the state-by-state process evolved. Or they could have struck down just the Texas law without legalizing the procedure nationwide.

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