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The U.S. Supreme Court has voted to strike down the controversial Roe v. Wade decision, according to an initial draft of the majority opinion reportedly obtained by Politico.
“The draft opinion is a full-throated, unflinching repudiation of the 1973 decision which guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights and a subsequent 1992 decision – Planned Parenthood v. Casey – that largely maintained the right,” Politico reported.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito writes.
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” he writes in the document, labeled as the “Opinion of the Court.” “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
“We, therefore, hold the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion. Roe and Casey must be overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito writes in the document, labeled the ‘Opinion of the Court.’
Deliberations on controversial cases have in the past been fluid. Justices can and sometimes do change their votes as draft opinions circulate and major decisions can be subject to multiple drafts and vote-trading, sometimes until just days before a decision is unveiled. The court’s holding will not be final until it is published, likely in the next two months,
The immediate impact of the ruling as drafted in February would be to end a half-century guarantee of federal constitutional protection of abortion rights and allow each state to decide whether to restrict or ban abortion. It’s unclear if there have been subsequent changes to the draft.
No draft decision in the modern history of the court has been disclosed publicly while a case was still pending. The unprecedented revelation is bound to intensify the debate over what was already the most controversial case on the docket this term.
The draft opinion offers an extraordinary window into the justices’ deliberations in one of the most consequential cases before the court in the last five decades. Some court-watchers predicted that the conservative majority would slice away at abortion rights without flatly overturning a 49-year-old precedent. The draft shows that the court is looking to reject Roe’s logic and legal protections.
🚨 BREAKING: The Supreme Court has reportedly voted to strike down Roe v. Wade pic.twitter.com/htqfLzO0ta
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) May 3, 2022
The Supreme Court is preparing to overturn Roe—the most significant and glorious news of our lifetime. Join me in praying to God for the right outcome.
Life begins at conception. Let’s protect it. pic.twitter.com/SNdb6WUBXO
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) May 3, 2022
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) May 3, 2022
WOW!!!!!! If true, an incredible development for LIFE!
Maybe we will no longer share abortion laws with North Korea and the People’s Republic of China???https://t.co/TknaSBODVN
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) May 3, 2022
2. Who leaked an actual SCOTUS decision draft?! I've never even heard of anything like that.https://t.co/FgD4et6RMK
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 3, 2022
BREAKING: Supreme Court rules Boston violated First Amendment in refusing to fly Christian flag among flags of other groupshttps://t.co/Ky0sg9RjwX
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 2, 2022
The left continues its assault on the Supreme Court with an unprecedented breach of confidentiality, clearly meant to intimidate. The Justices mustn’t give in to this attempt to corrupt the process. Stay strong https://t.co/1Ibbe0t2I3
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) May 3, 2022
So many thoughts on this. 1. IF TRUE, THANK GOD. 2. California, NY and others will now offer partial birth or after birth abortions. 3. Who released this? They should be found and punished if against the law. This is the 1st time in our history. https://t.co/jmH3J9Qnr7
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) May 3, 2022