As you’ve likely heard by now, a draft of a Supreme Court majority decision indicating that the justices intend to overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked to the public on Monday night.
The opinion — penned by Justice Samuel Alito — is not yet official, but the steps that remain for the initial vote to become a final ruling are likely a mere formality.
That means that tens of millions of American women will effectively be stripped of their reproductive rights, as laws governing privacy and abortion will now be left up to individual states, which can essentially do as they please with little consideration for the will of the people.
If you’re feeling frightened and confused at the moment, you’re certainly not alone.
Sadly, we can’t do much to alleviate your fears, but we can help to clear up some of the confusion regarding this unexpected and hugely impactful development.
Information is often the best antidote to anxiety, so here’s a brief rundown on what happened, what it means, and what to expect.
The Leak: We’ll start with the aspect of this story that we know the least about — namely, the manner in which the court’s decision was made public.
Alito’s opinion was written several months ago and leaked to the website Politico by an unknown insider earlier this week.
Not surpsiringly, the court was divided on this matter, with five justices voting to overturn Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, three votes against, and Chief Justice John Roberts in the middle.
In the past, decisions have changed between the initial vote and the final ruling, but such reversals are rare.
It’s worth pointing out that the court changed its mind on the original Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision, with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing the decision to uphold reproductive rights after initially voting to overturn Roe v. …read more
Source:: The Hollywood Gossip