Home » Roe v Wade: A Legal Origin Story Podcast

“Supreme: The Battle for Roe” dropped two episodes on June 28, 2023 and a third on July 5. They’ll be released weekly on Wednesdays. Currently there are six episodes out as of today.

It’s produced by iHeart Media and stars William H. Macy as former Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. The story, as one might expect, is the one behind the legal precedent that legalized abortion for just shy of 50 years. The approximately 49-year ruling was overturned in 2022.

The road to abortions being protected under the fourteenth amendment of the U.S. Constitution is written by men who think they know women better than they do. There are some women who also believe that abortions are murder, but they can’t understand sex before marriage. For the pro-life stance, sexual assault isn’t an excuse to get an abortion. They’d probably say, the women were wearing provocative clothing and therefore were asking for it. It’s the same rhetoric we hear from cop defenders who say if only the black man listened to their orders. Orders that are often made up, such as not being allowed to record them in states that allow it.

The Supreme Legal Battle for Roe

While most know the impact of Roe v Wade, not many know the story behind it. Who were the people involved and what did they do to overturn a Texas law for being unconstitutional back in the early 1970s? For those alive back then, they have newspapers and memories to remember the events leading up to the landmark decision. Those born after are likely uninterested in the story to do the research. This is one reason why historical fiction exists in the first place.

The main characters of this supreme court “Law and Order” “special event” are actual people who lived and fought for the right to abort a fetus for any circumstance because it was their body, their choice. Most aside from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun played by William H. Macey are names who have been lost to time. Even with them being victors of the case, most will know more about the majority opinion from Blackmun. If not the exact words, then the outcome.

Legally Fast, but Eucatastrophically Furious

Fan of the site and writer Aaron Tracy is no stranger to writing about legal crime dramas and thrillers in both the visual and Aural sense. Having written episodes of Law and Order: SVU and original audio dramas from Amazon/Audible, Tracy knows how to keep the jargon to a minimum. There are few points thus far where the writing feels too explanatory. But more often than not, it hits the sweet spot of being engaging and true—which in the case of historical fiction is practically mandatory for it to work.

In three episodes, we’re already preparing for both sides’ day in the supreme court—which might be a little fast. Depending on how long this show is, this could help or hurt it. I’m imagining one of two scenarios happening by the end. But I’ll keep that to myself as my track record for predicting iHeart Media’s fiction podcasts is 1 for 1. More on that when the finale drops.