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Roe decision also about protecting doctors

In the beginning, the Roe v. Wade decision "was more about protecting doctors than empowering women," Kansas City Star columnist Barbara Shelly wrote. She noted how Justice Harry A. Blackmun, who wrote the 1973 opinion, was concerned that physicians not face criminal charges for acting in the best interests of their patients. "The decision vindicates the right of the physician to administer medical treatment according to his professional judgment,” Blackmun wrote in his opinion. But, Shelly wrote, the decision "has not protected physicians from determined protest groups, overzealous prosecutors and cold-blooded killers."