The Supreme Court is preparing to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that protects the right to an abortion, according to a draft opinion obtained by Politico.
The decision could still change before the final decision is released, likely by the end of June. But if this draft opinion becomes the ruling of the court, the decision would dismantle nearly 50 years of precedent and usher in a new era for reproductive rights in which the legal status of abortion is decided by individual states.
The draft opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, was published by Politico Monday night in a stunning breach of Supreme Court protocol, and provided the first glimpse into the much-anticipated Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which could become the most significant abortion case in a generation.
Here’s everything you need to know about the draft opinion, the Supreme Court process and what would happen if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
What did the Supreme Court say about Roe v. Wade?
In the 98-page draft decision, Alito offered a harsh repudiation of the Supreme Court’s previous landmark rulings on abortion, including the 1973 case Roe v. Wade and subsequent 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which upheld the constitutional right to an abortion established in Roe. “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito wrote. “Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”
According to Politico, Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett—all Republican-appointed—had signed on to Alito’s opinion. Liberal Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and …read more
Source:: Time – Politics