Politico: Alito’s Draft Opinion on Overturning Roe v. Wade Remains Only One
No other draft opinions are being circulated in the Supreme Court in the potential decision to overturn Roe v. Wade beyond the one that was leaked to the public, including dissensions from the three liberal justices, and there is no sign that the court will change its course and vote to keep the landmark 1973 decision on the right to an abortion.
The court’s nine justices are preparing for their already-planned closed-door conference on Thursday, marking their first meeting since the Justice Samuel Alito’s draft document concerning the Mississippi abortion case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, reports Politico, the website that published the leaked draft document.
The document, showing the not-yet-finalized decision to overturn Roe, was from February. As there are no other documents circulating, there is no indication that the conservative justices siding with Alito have changed their votes.
And since there has not been a dissenting document from the liberal judges, that may be why there has not yet been a second draft of Alito’s majority opinion, Politico noted.
The leaked document has sparked a fiery response from both sides of the abortion issue, with Republicans blaming Democrats for the release as a political move as the nation’s midterm primary election season continues and pro-choice advocates protesting the potential loss of the right to an abortion being protected.
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The document has also sparked protests at the homes of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh, with other protests planned for the homes of Alito and the remaining conservative justices backing the Roe’s overturn, and the tension and the leak have “burdened the court,” an unnamed person close to the court’s conservatives, told Politico.
“This is the most serious assault on the court, perhaps from within, that the Supreme Court’s ever experienced,” the source commented. “It’s an understatement to say they are heavily, heavily burdened by this.”
Another person close to the court, meanwhile, maintained that the liberal justices are also “as shocked as anyone” by the leaked document. Continue reading at Newsmax.