In a massive but not entirely unexpected blow to abortion rights, the U.S. Supreme Court intends to overturn the historic Roe v. Wade, according to a Politico report Monday afternoon, obtained a draft opinion from most of the pending sentencing.
The high court is expected to announce its decision in the next two months, a ruling on a Mississippi case that seeks to ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
“Roe was hugely wrong from the start,” Judge Samuel Alito wrote in a draft of the majority opinion obtained by Politico and published online. “We argue that Roe and Casey should be overturned,” Alito continued, also citing a 1992 case that upheld Roe’s 1973 decision.
The removal of Roe v. Wade would end federal protection of abortion rights and allow each state to decide on the legality of abortion, a massive political change of the past nearly 50 years. After the report is published, barricades were set up around the Supreme Court building, in preparation for possible protests.
Politico noted that the draft decisions are not final or binding, and judges could still change their minds before making their decision public. Citing a source familiar with the deliberations, Politico reported that Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett support Roe’s support, with Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan disagreeing and the position of court president John Roberts unclear.
The disclosure of this draft decision while a case is still pending is unprecedented in the history of the Supreme Court, Politico said. He said he obtained the draft from someone familiar with court proceedings along with “other details” that support its authenticity.
The nature of the leak led some to question its validity online. In a note from the editor To the staff, Politico’s executive editor Dafna Linzer said: “After an extensive review process, we are confident in the authenticity of the draft … We take our responsibilities with our readers and our publication with the utmost seriousness “.
Several states, including Texas and Oklahoma, have recently passed restrictive abortion laws, and 13 states have so-called “activating” laws that would automatically ban almost all abortions if Roe was revoked, while five other states have pre-abortion laws. -Roe. prohibitions that would be restored if this sentence were applied.
A CNN poll in January found that the majority of Americans, 69%, were opposed to canceling Roe, including 86% of Democrats.