Inside the Court

Justice Kennedy flipped positions to uphold abortion rights. Why did he change his mind?

Whodunit is one of Washington's favorite games, in which the object is to figure out who were the major players behind important policy decisions in the White House or Congress. Though the game gets harder when the decisions come from the tight-lipped precincts of the Supreme Court, it was being played in earnest last week in an attempt to figure out one of the court's most unexpected rulings in years. Someone cobbled together a Roe-friendly majority that included three conservatives -- Anthony Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor and David Souter -- but who was it?

In several earlier decisions the trio had...

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