Leaked document hints Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade, Politico reports
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is reportedly on the verge of overturning Roe v. Wade, according to a bombshell report from Politico Monday night.
The landmark decision has protected a woman's right to get an abortion – by choice – in the United States for nearly 50 years. On Monday, Politico published a report saying it had obtained a copy of a draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito.
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The report says the decision to possibly overturn Roe v. Wade was included in the initial draft majority opinion.
In the document obtained by Politico, Alito wrote "Roe was egregiously wrong from the start." Alito adds in the document that the 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey should also be overturned.
"We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled," Alito wrote in the document obtained by Politico. "It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.
Alito was a nominee of former President George W. Bush.
Months before Politico's bombshell report, California had unveiled plans to be an abortion "sanctuary" if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade. The amenities would possibly involve paying for travel, lodging and procedures for people from other states.
"First, my administration argued strongly before the Court in defense of Roe v. Wade. We said that Roe is based on "a long line of precedent recognizing ‘the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty’… against government interference with intensely personal decisions." I believe that a woman’s right to choose is fundamental, Roe has been the law of the land for almost fifty years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned," President Biden said in response Tuesday.
He continued by stating, "Second, shortly after the enactment of Texas law SB 8 and other laws restricting women’s reproductive rights, I directed my Gender Policy Council and White House Counsel’s Office to prepare options for an Administration response to the continued attack on abortion and reproductive rights, under a variety of possible outcomes in the cases pending before the Supreme Court. We will be ready when any ruling is issued."
Biden concluded his statement by saying "if the Court does overturn Roe, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect a woman’s right to choose. And it will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November. At the federal level, we will need more pro-choice Senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt legislation that codifies Roe, which I will work to pass and sign into law."
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This also comes weeks after Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law that would make abortions cheaper for people on private insurance plans.
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FOX News' Supreme Court Correspondent has not received confirmation on Politico's report as of Monday night.
It is worth noting in the wake of Politico's report that these drafts circulate and the language can change. The votes could also change following the leak of Alito's draft majority opinion.
This story was reported from Los Angeles.