According to the illegal release of a draft of its decision, it looks like the US Supreme Court is preparing to overturn Roe vs Wade, a 1973 Supreme Court case that required all states to approve abortion.
In the ruling, apparently written by Justice Samuel Alito, a majority of the Supreme Court justices agreed that the ruling legalizing abortion across the US was unconstitutional.
The decision would leave the US states as the final arbiter on abortion law. It appears that 26 states would probably change their abortion laws if Roe vs Wade is overturned.
The Daily Mail provides more details:
In the document, Justice Samuel Alito writes that Roe v Wade – the 1973 Supreme Court ruling which found that excessive state regulation of abortion is unconstitutional – was ‘egregiously wrong from the start’ and ‘must be overruled’.
If the ruling is overturned, it would give individual states the power to decide on whether to ban abortion. The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice research group, has said that 26 states are ‘certain or likely’ to ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
According to reports, the Supreme Court has not denied that this is a draft of its decision. It is expected the official decision will be released in two months.
The bigger issue is who leaked the confidential document to Politico in an effort to sabotage the decision.
UPDATE: Justice Roberts confirms the draft is legitimate
Justice Roberts has confirmed that this is indeed a draft copy of the ruling, and according to reports has already launched an investigation over the lead and is considering calling in the FBI.
The Damascus road conversion of Jane Roe
As a side note, Norma McCorvey, the anonymous Jane Roe used to bring the case to the Supreme Court to force abortion in the US, would later become a Christian and work for organizations opposing abortion.
McCorvey died in 2017 and The Guardian wrote in her obituary:
Jane Roe, the anonymous plaintiff in the Roe v Wade case by which the US supreme court legalised abortion, became an icon for feminism. But the real Jane Roe, Norma McCorvey, who has died aged 69 of heart failure, was an unlikely heroine, unwilling to take the spotlight and uncomfortable with it when she finally did. Then she underwent a Damascene conversion and became an equally iconic anti-abortion campaigner.
READ: Norma McCorvey obituary