Probe ordered in Roe v. wade escape

The staff member who leaked the draft opinion overturning the abortion law “will not succeed” in undermining the Supreme Court’s work, the Chief Justice wrote.

Chief Justice John Roberts has ordered the court’s bailiff to investigate the source of a leaked draft opinion showing his justices would imminently overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade. Conservatives suspect a Liberal staffer leaked the document to spark public outcry and force the court to back down.

“Yesterday, a news organization published a copy of a draft opinion on a pending case,” Roberts, a conservative, wrote Tuesday.

“To the extent that this betrayal of the Court’s confidences was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed,” he added. he continued. “The work of the Court will not be affected in any way.”

Politico published the draft decision on Monday, which states that the court had voted 5-3, with a swing vote, to overturn Roe v. Wade, a 1973 ruling that guaranteed the absolute right to an abortion in the first trimester and limited rights in the second. A 1992 ruling upholding Roe v. Wade–Planned Parenthood v. Casey – would also be overturned.

Writing the majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito stated that the US Constitution did not provide a right to abortion and that Roe v. Wade was based on a “extremely wrong” Y “exceptionally weak” interpretation of the founding document of the country. Repeal this sentence “return the issue of abortion to the elected representatives of the people” at the state level, he wrote.

Conservative lawmakers and pundits see the leak as a calculated effort by a liberal staffer inside the court to force debate on abortion and spark public outrage, which could motivate the court’s justices to change their minds, or Congress to legislate on the right to abortion.

“This was a singular and egregious violation of that trust that is an affront to the Court and to the community of public servants who work here,” Roberts continued, adding that he has “ordered the court bailiff to launch an investigation into the source of the leak.”

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The leak was unprecedented for an institution that operates mostly behind closed doors. Although the ruling Roe v. Wade from 1973 was leaked to the press, published just hours before the court announced it, and had already been finalized. This time, the court will not issue its final ruling in the Mississippi case brought by Roe v. Wade until June.

Leading Democrats, including the governors of California and New Jersey, have already announced plans to pass abortion rights legislation at the state level, while President Joe Biden has called for “elected officials at all levels of government to protect women’s right to choose”, and added that he would sign possible legislation codifying Roe v. Wade in federal law.

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