US Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights according to initial draft
According to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito and obtained by POLITICO The Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
As per the document, Justice Samuel Alito wrote, “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.” Although this is not the final decision as justices can change votes and there might be multiple revisions of this draft. The court’s holding will not be final until it is published, likely in the next two months.
As per this draft, which was written in February, the federal constitutional protection of abortion rights would end. It’s unclear if there have been subsequent changes to the draft.
According to a POLITICO source inside the court, four Republican-appointed justices – Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett – had voted with Alito. The three Democratic-appointed justices – Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan – are working on one or more dissents. What decision Chief Justice John Roberts will make is unclear.
A Supreme Court spokesperson declined to comment on the issue. According to POLITICO, the draft is 98 pages long, including a 31-page appendix of historical state abortion laws.