The Supreme Court issued opinions on Monday but did not include their ruling for the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case. This case could overrule Roe v. Wade.
Fox News reported:
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Typically, opinions in the most high-profile cases came out in the final weeks of the court’s term in June or July. By not ruling on Dobbs in the weeks immediately following the leaked draft, the justices are showing that they are not in a rush to break that tradition, even with the protests.
The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case is asking the Supreme Court to determine whether Mississippi’s ban on all elective abortions after fifteen weeks is constitutional.
The case was brought before the Supreme Court in December of 2021.
According to Ballotpedia:
In 2018, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a clinic and abortion facility in Mississippi, challenged the constitutionality of the “Gestational Age Act” in federal court. The law, enacted March 19, 2018, prohibited abortions after the fifteenth week of pregnancy except in cases of medical emergencies or fetal abnormalities.
The case concerns the constitutionality of a Mississippi state law prohibiting abortions after the fifteenth week of pregnancy…and the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992).
According to Cornell Law, the “Court’s decision on this case has serious implications for the rights of women, the role of religion in law-making, and stare decisis.”
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A leaked draft of the opinion for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, by Justice Alito, caused an uproar for pro-choice supporters and garnered support from pro-life supporters. The leak led to many protests by pro-choice activists at the Supreme Court building and also outside the homes of Republican-appointed justices. The leak showed that the overturning of Roe v. Wade is very possible.
In the leaked statement, Alito wrote, “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
Chief Justice John Roberts said the leak was a “betrayal of the confidences of the Court” and added that the “work of the Court will not be affected in any way.”
According to an article from Fox News, Roberts has called on the Marshal of the Court to investigate the leak and find out who the source is. Roberts made sure to emphasize that the leak “does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case.” He added “to the extent this betrayal of the Court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed. The work of the court will not be affected in any way.”
Jen Psaki was asked if the White House condemned the leak. She responded by saying, “I don’t think we have a particular view on that other than to say that we certainly note the unprecedented nature of it.”