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Protests erupt over leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that could overturn Roe v. Wade [Video]

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:


  • Politico obtained a leaked draft opinion revealing that the Supreme Court is planning to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case.
  • Justice Samuel Alito penned the opinion, which denounces the nearly 50-year-old ruling that protected abortion as a constitutional right.
  • The news caused outrage among several lawmakers and the pro-choice community.

A draft opinion obtained by Politico revealed that the Supreme Court intends to overturn the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, which legally protected abortion rights.

The news caused outrage among the community, leading to protests outside the high court on Monday night.

   

The leaked document was a first draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito on February 10, regarding the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The case challenged Mississippi’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, a fetal “viability standard” established by Roe and a subsequent 1992 decision, Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

The opinion revealed that the court’s 6-3 conservative majority voted to overturn the landmark decisions. Alito wrote that the nearly 50-year-old Roe ruling, which protected abortion as a constitutional right, “was egregiously wrong from the start.”

News of the leaked document caused an uproar within lawmakers and the community.

Protesters chanting “abortion is healthcare” gathered outside the high court on Monday night. Pro-choice protesters expressed “shock” that the justices would overturn such a landmark ruling that “personally” affects their rights.

Meanwhile, pro-life demonstrators celebrated the potential overturn, saying that it would stop mass killings of the unborn.

The opinion is still in the draft phase, however, so the high court justices could still change opinions before the final ruling.

According to sources familiar with the ruling process, justices usually vote after arguments are heard in a case. They then write draft opinions that are circulated among fellow justices and their clerks.

A final ruling is expected to be released next month. If the current standing decision becomes final, the legality of abortion would be left up to individual states to decide — unless Congress steps in and makes it legal nationwide.

According to a Supreme Court spokesperson, the justices refused to comment on the leaked document. This kind of leak is unprecedented in a court that values secrecy while members review cases.

 

Source: NBC Washington

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5 thoughts on “Protests erupt over leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that could overturn Roe v. Wade [Video]

  1. It does not matter which way the Supreme Court votes. Abortion is murder. Do not believe me? Ask GOD what he says. GOD has the last word. Abortion is wrong.

  2. Why is it more logical to believe that abortion must be the solution to an “unwanted pregnancy” any more than the choice to not have sex or to not conceive, in the first place? The exercise of proper, legal choice is the issue here, not the right to deal, as one chooses, with the consequences of a choice.
    If an “unwanted pregnancy” is a cause of suicide, is it any more of less moral than that “unwanted pregnancy” being the reason for murder?
    Again, it is the propriety of choice that is the issue, not the wanton liberality of unprotected sex that is considered to be the justification for the right to abortion, regardless of the viability of the fetus.
    A woman’s right to choose begins BEFORE sex, BEFORE conception and BEFORE abortion should be the solution to the failure of the exercise of either of the former. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

  3. Biden to Roberts:
    I need an issue to keep everyone’s mind off my screwups. What is a good 50/50 issue that will fire up all the people?

    Roberts to Biden:
    Simple. I’ll leak an old draft kicking around on Abortion.

    Biden to Roberts:
    That will be perfect!

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