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As Roe v. Wade turns 45, women’s right to bodily autonomy is under attack more than ever before 

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"It's a reflection, too, that we don't win these battles overnight," she says. "It really is consistent persistence for something greater than ourselves."

"I think there's a lot of uncertainty out there, but leadership rises in moments of uncertainty. We've seen that across the board."

Although she's not quick to admit it, it's no surprise that Sally Blackmun would carry on her father's legacy. Aside from a long and successful career as an attorney, from which she's now retired, Blackmun served on the board of Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando for eight years, from 2000 to 2008, and as board chair from 2004 to 2006.

It also could be argued that Blackmun's early personal life, prior to Roe, may have inadvertently influenced her father's decision.

In December 1966, in the winter of her sophomore year at Skidmore College, Blackmun learned that she and her high school sweetheart were expecting a child. Like any 19-year-old woman, particularly the daughter of a conservative judge, she was afraid – afraid of what her life would amount to if she had to leave college, of what her family would say, of the future.

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Her older sister suggested she have an abortion, but Blackmun decided otherwise because of the impact it might have on her father's career if word were to ever get out.

"It was illegal most places, and I'm sure I could have found a place somewhere in the United States to get a relatively safe abortion, but I decided that I needed to carry the baby and not have an abortion," Blackmun says.

So she married her boyfriend not long after the Christmas holidays. She miscarried three weeks later, while sitting in class during an exam. She and her husband split a few years later. Asked if she would have terminated her pregnancy had the opportunity been readily available, Blackmun doesn't flinch: "Probably, yeah."

"Certainly you have to think that the fact that he had three daughters played some part in his thinking about it. ... We certainly had our opinions about it and didn't hesitate to express them. He would have gotten a lot of grief from us, I think, if he had gone the other way."

Nationally, more than 920,000 women obtain an abortion every year, according to figures provided by the National Women's Law Center. Notwithstanding the fear-mongering over the procedure, abortion is actually one of the safest surgical procedures a woman in the U.S. can undergo. Fewer than 0.05 percent of all women who have undergone the procedure experience complications.

But the right's pushback isn't about medical safety, and it won't die easily.

Most recently, John Stemberger, president of the anti-abortion group Family Planning Council and a member appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the state's Constitution Revision Commission, proposed an amendment to further narrow a woman's right to privacy by clipping the provision that state courts have used to stop governmental intrusions into Floridians' personal lives. And the Republican-dominated Florida House of Representatives passed legislation in early January that opponents say would help "crisis pregnancy centers," anti-abortion organizations posing as comprehensive women's health facilities – which choice advocates have dubbed "fake" clinics.

No matter the attacks, however, Sally Blackmun says her father's legacy will persist.

"I think there will always be unplanned pregnancies, and I think women will find a way to get an abortion if they want to – need to," she says. "I had a college roommate back in 1967 who went to Japan to get a safe abortion. Hopefully, you know, that won't be the case. There were a lot of illegal abortions before Roe v. Wade and there were a lot of botched illegal abortions, and so I think there's certainly a concern over the safety of women, but I don't think women will stop getting an abortion if that's what they choose."

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