A major leak took place earlier this week that revealed the Supreme Court justice’s draft opinion related to the possible overturning of Roe v Wade. The leak suggested that the Supreme court will soon strike down protections related to having abortions at a federal level. This would mean that states will have the right to ban the procedure entirely. Since the leak was released, debates have gotten more intense, especially since this was the most controversial item on the Supreme Court list.
In 1973, Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, was a Supreme Court case in which the court ruled that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction.
The leak was obtained by the news reporters, Politico, and the opinion was written by Justice Samuel Alito. The draft opinion to sum things up states that it wants the Roe v Wade ruling overturned. Alito wrote in the opinion that, ‘Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences, and far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division”. An insider said that four of the other Republican- appointed justices- Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett- had voted with Alito after hearing oral arguments in December.
In the past, there have been cases in which justices have changed their votes from on their draft opinions. Also, major decisions have had multiple drafts and changes of votes. Also, experts and historians say that the court’s decision will not be final until it is published, which will most likely be in two months. No one knows whether there have been subsequent changes to the draft.
Many Americans are extremely concerned because it would end a half-century guarantee of federal protection of abortion rights. Allowing each state to have the right to decide may lead to a political match. The court’s spokesperson said that the draft opinion is not the final position.