Justice White was against the landmark decision, Roe vs Wade, which gave women the right to abortion-on-demand. The following are random excerpts which overview his opinion:
"I dissent. I find nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the Court's judgment
, which fashioned and announced - with scarcely any reason or authority for its action - a new constitutional right for pregnant mothers.
"The Court's position is that the whim or caprice of the putative mother is valued more than the life or potential life of the fetus, and guarantees the right of abortion at her request if she is able to find a medical advisor willing to undertake the procedure - even in pregnancies that pose no danger whatsoever to the life or health of the mother - but are unwanted for any one or more of a variety of reasons -- convenience, family planning, economics, dislike of children, the embarassment of illegitimacy, etc.
"I cannot accept the Court investing mothers and doctors with a constitutional right to exterminate human life.
"This is an exercise of raw judicial power that the Constitution does not extend to this Court
. It dissentitles the people and the legislatures to govern their own affairs."