Supreme Court justices b we It voted conservatively to overturn a 1970s decision guaranteeing access to abortion, according to a report published Monday (2) on Politico.
The site obtained a preliminary copy, not yet officially published, of a draft report by Minister Samuel Alito. In the text, the judge states that there is a majority in court to overturn the old decision (known as Roe v. Wade).
The text is classified as an initial draft of the majority opinion. There are notes that the article was circulated to the judges on February 10. The text may have been written to serve as a vote on the Mississippi issue, where there is a bill to stop abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
The judges’ official decision has not been released, and the public’s votes may change until that happens.
Mississippi case: US Supreme Court considers law that threatens abortion rights
Alito says that’s the matter It should be decided by politicians, not by justice.
In practice, if the court made the decision in the draft, there would be disputes in every state and also in Congress to determine the terms under which abortion would be permitted in the United States.
“It is time to take care of the constitution and return the issue of abortion to the elected representatives of the people,” Alito wrote.
Alito’s draft opinion is a rejection of the 1973 ruling that secured federal constitutional protections for abortion rights and also of a second ruling, the 1992 ruling known as Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which largely upheld that right.
“We consider that Roe and Casey should be rescinded,” Alito wrote in the document classified as “Court Opinion.”
“The inescapable conclusion is that abortion rights are not firmly rooted in the nation’s history and traditions,” he wrote.
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According to the site, this is the first time in recent Supreme Court history that a draft report has been leaked before a decision is formally made.
According to the text, the draft establishes that the Supreme Court, which includes a majority of conservative justices, claims that the 1973 decision suffers from problems in legal reasoning.
“Roe was blatantly wrong from the start. His reasoning was exceptionally weak and the decision had dire consequences. Far from reaching a national agreement on the abortion issue, Roe and Casey ignited controversy and deepened the division.”
Change in US policy
If US Supreme Court justices announce a decision confirming the text’s content, it would be a “seismic” shift in US policy and law, according to the New York Times.
According to Politico, the following judges will vote against the right to abortion:
- Samuel Alito
- Clarence Thomas,
- Neil M. Gorsuch,
- Brett M Kavanaugh
- Amy Connie Barrett
Also, according to the site, the judges will vote against the text
- Stephen J. Breyer,
- Sonia Sotomayor and
- Elena Kagan
It is not yet known how Judge John G Roberts Jr. planning to vote.
Politico claims to have received a copy of the draft from someone following the Mississippi case. The text is 98 pages long (31 of which are taken from an appendix to historical state abortion laws). There are 118 footnotes, and according to the website, the appearance and timing of the text being drafted and circulated are consistent with court practice.
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