On Monday, May 2nd, Politico published a leaked draft of a Supreme Court decision, authored by Justice Samuel Alito, on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, originating out of the state of Mississippi.
The draft showed that the court could strike down the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, following a February vote by the Justices.
In response to the leak, well-funded far-left social activists immediately started using every tool at their disposal trying to pressure at least one conservative Justice to change their vote.
With the media no longer trying to give the impression they are unbiased, those fighting to preserve a nationwide abortion “right” appear to have, standing invitations to appear on the major news networks and the entertainment industries are all pushing messaging such as it’s “a women’s body, a women’s choice.”
As the court is set to meet on Thursday, Politico has just published more leaked information. To the dismay of those coordinating the illegal protests at the conservative Justice’s homes, nothing has changed with at least 5 Justices still ready to end Roe V Wade.
The outlet reported Wednesday morning that Alito’s draft opinion is still the only circulated draft in the abortion case and that no votes have changed while the court is waiting for the dissent opinion to emerge.
“[T]here’s no sign that the court is changing course from issuing that ruling,” the report said.
The initial draft majority opinion by Alito said “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Politico reported on May 2.
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” the justice wrote. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
However, Politico noted at the time that the court’s votes on the Dobbs v. Jackson case could change.
“Under long-standing court procedures, justices hold preliminary votes on cases shortly after argument and assign a member of the majority to write a draft of the court’s opinion,” it said. “The draft is often amended in consultation with other justices, and in some cases the justices change their votes altogether, creating the possibility that the current alignment on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization could change.”
But the report Wednesday indicated no change in the votes.
“No dissenting draft opinions have circulated from any justice, including the three liberals,” Politico added.
University of Texas law professor Steve Vladek said these leaks indicate there is turmoil behind the Supreme Court’s closed doors.
This appears to be at least the fifth different leak out of #SCOTUS related to Dobbs — after the WSJ editorial page, the original Politico leak, CNN, and the Washington Post. (And I may be missing one.)
It’s hard to overstate how ugly this means things must be behind the scenes. https://t.co/jpJrel5dFH
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) May 11, 2022
Even Politico, which has published the leaked information, reported that the Supreme Court is facing a great crisis due to the leaks and the resulting furor, which has included protests targeting justices’ homes.
“This is the most serious assault on the court, perhaps from within, that the Supreme Court’s ever experienced,” one source told the outlet. “It’s an understatement to say they are heavily, heavily burdened by this.”
With the summer break coming, the justices have only about seven more weeks to craft a decision on abortion.
This story syndicated with permission from Eric Thompson, Author at Trending Politics
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