Hundreds of protesters with signs were already gathered outside the United States Supreme Court following an unprecedented leak of a draft opinion indicating the Court is prepared to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.
Politico reported late into the evening hours on Monday that the “Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision” citing “an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito” the outlet had obtained.
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Alito writes. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
Should this be the final decision of the court, overturning Roe v. Wade would return the issue to the states.
Politico describes the document as “a full-throated, unflinching repudiation of the 1973 decision,” as well as the decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey that largely maintained the right to abortion.
According to the Politico report, Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett have voted with Alito.
Sources tell CNN that Chief Justice John Roberts, who abandoned all pretense of being a conservative or even a moderate justice years ago, “would have dissented from part of Alito’s draft opinion … likely with the court’s three liberals.”
John Roberts did not want to completely overturn Roe, meaning he would have dissented from Alito’s draft opinion, sources tell @JoanBiskupic. Sources add that Roberts is willing to uphold Miss. law that would ban abortion at 15 weeks of pregnancy https://t.co/zR5YoKNJUp
Fox News is reporting that analysts suggest the unprecedented leak of the draft document is an intimidation tactic, “an attempt to pressure a Supreme Court justice to change his or her vote on the pivotal case.”
Axios adds: “The Supreme Court is famous for not leaking ahead of decisions. After today, that has changed.”
The draft document is just that – a draft. As such, drafts do circulate and change, along with votes. That may just be why it mysteriously leaked to the media, a rare event.
Court watchers are practically incandescent at this alleged leak. Says @JonathanTurley:
*It is hard not to view this as a malicious act.
*A breach of the most fundamental obligations and traditions of the Court.
*The greatest crisis Chief Justice Roberts has faced on the Court. https://t.co/SLfPgcExxR
Chaos and rioting are poised to take over the scene.
Crowd of protesters is growing quickly, and pushing toward the barricade that the handful of guards put up earlier tonight. Chants of “fascist scum have got to go,” interspersed with the names of the conservative justices pic.twitter.com/2OHtE2pLuy
Now: The very same radical leftists who disingenuously railed against the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot as an “insurrection” will riot at the Supreme Court of the United States, which is already barricaded #M2Insurrectionpic.twitter.com/e1buHYD64R
The pathetic spineless leak of a draft SCOTUS opinion has the feel of something a sad little woke 20-something-year-old would do. The kind of person who thinks their personal agenda is “more important.” Whoever did it should lose their law license.
“I want to tell you Gorsuch, I want to tell you Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price,” Schumer shouted, pointing a stern finger.
“You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
These were threats coming from the top Democrat senator toward the Supreme Court. This document leak is a thinly veiled threat lobbied at the Supreme Court. There is, in fact, a whirlwind outside the court as we speak.
They are inciting violence as a means to rally their voters come November. It’s the only hope Democrats have right now.
Will the Supreme Court justices deciding to overturn Roe hold strong to their convictions? Or will they cave to the chaos?
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