Leaked draft opinion shows Supreme Court set to overrule Roe V. Wade | WNDB
Washington D.C.- A leaked draft opinion shows the U.S. Supreme Court is set to strike down longstanding abortion rights by overturning the landmark case Roe v. Wade.
It is important to note that the opinion…first published by Politico— is only a first draft, which means that the votes may change before the opinions are officially published by the court; which is likely to happen during the month of June. Yet even though the decision is not final, hundreds of people rallied outside the court on Monday May 2 and millions went online to speak out against the project. National lawmakers even stepped in, with some saying Congress needed to codify Roe v. Wade.
“Congress must pass legislation that codifies Roe v. Wade like the law of the land in this country NOW. And if there aren’t 60 votes in the Senate to pass it, and there aren’t, we need to end the filibuster to pass it with 50 votes,” said Senator Bernie Sanders. (D-VT) on Twitter.
The fact that the notice was leaked is also causing a stir online.
“It is impossible to overstate the earthquake this will cause inside the Court, in terms of the destruction of trust between judges and staff,” wrote SCOTUSBlog, an independent news blog covering the Supreme Court. “This flight is the gravest and most unforgivable sin.”
According to Politico, the draft — authored by Judge Samuel Alito — originally aired in February, two months after the court heard oral arguments in the case. The report further states that Alito was supported by five other judges, three of whom were appointed by former President Donald Trump. Three other judges opposed the opinion, while it is unclear how another judge voted.
In the draftAlito described abortion as a “deep moral issue” on which a majority of Americans have “very conflicting opinions.”
“Some fervently believe that a human person is born at conception and that abortion ends an innocent life. Others believe just as strongly that any abortion regulation undermines a woman’s right to control her own body and prevents women from achieving full equality,” Alito wrote.
If nothing in the opinion changes, it is likely that the court will overturn the landmark 1973 decision. However, Roe v. Wade is canceled does not means that abortion will be banned by the federal government. Instead, states would have the power to decide on the legality of the procedure. This may still lead to a rather grim conclusion for some, as roughly half of the United States is on the verge of abolishing abortion.
This is according to the analysis of the Guttmacher Institutea research group that supports abortion rights, which says 26 states are likely to ban abortion without the Roe v. Wade.
“It is also important to remember that Roe would not have to be fully overturned to start the process of activating certain trigger laws. If the Court weakens or undermines existing federal constitutional protections, that could be enough for the States are beginning to implement these bans,” the study says.
Florida is already a state that has taken steps to block abortion. In April, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill that bans the procedure after 15 weeks, reducing the original 24-week deadline. A judge also ruled that women have to wait 24 hours after consulting a doctor before having an abortion.