Leftists are hyperventilating over what experts describe as an unprecedented violation of Supreme Court confidentiality. But it’s not the leak that has them scandalized.
Chief Justice John Roberts confirms Politico has a draft writing of Justice Samuel Alito from February. It shows the court majority is ready to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Referring to the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Alito writes that Roe and Casey “must be overruled.” The draft calls for following the constitution and “returning the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
Experts say the disclosure of a draft opinion for a Supreme Court case is exceedingly rare and viewed by most scholars as a major breach of security. Drafts and votes are passed around and changed regularly in the court. Justice Roberts ordered a probe into the “egregious” leak and said the attempt to undermine the court’s integrity will fail.
Reaction in Washington was immediate. President Joe Biden declared he is not ready to have privacy issues decided by the “whims” of local governments. The Democrat warned of a slippery slope that would affect “a whole range of rights.”
A joint statement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the potential ruling “an abomination, one of “the worst and most damaging decisions in modern history.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) ripped the draft opinion as proof that the Supreme Court is “coming for” gay marriage and civil rights.
Former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton said it is “a direct assault on the dignity, rights, and lives of women, not to mention decades of settled law.”
Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) fumed that the leaked draft shows the country what a “stolen, illegitimate, and far-right Supreme Court” will do. He said the justices in “stolen seats” will undermine the “health, safety, and freedom” of millions.
Rational observers on both sides of the issue are aghast at the leaked draft, as it has no precedent in modern history. The Supreme Court has long had a wall of secrecy in its deliberations respected by justices and clerks as sacrosanct.
Protestors with opposing views faced off in front of the court since the news broke Monday. Barriers were quickly erected by security forces as protesters yelled slogans at each other into the night and throughout the day Tuesday.