The Supreme Court again prolonged the wait for its opinion on Tuesday in the case expected to overturn the federal right to an abortion.
Last month, Politico published a leaked draft opinion that indicated the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that established a federal right to an abortion.
The justices released a handful of decisions Tuesday, but not in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
The Supreme Court will soon deliver the official ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the highly anticipated abortion case that could overrule Roe v. Wade.
A draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito was leaked to Politico in early May and it set off a firestorm on social media.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito writes.
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” he writes in the document. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
“We, therefore, hold the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion. Roe and Casey must be overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito writes in the document, labeled the “Opinion of the Court.”
Soon after Alito’s draft majority opinion leaked, it’s assumed there were at least 5 votes in favor of overturning Roe v Wade, leaving state legislators to weigh their own abortion policies.
Following the leak, a report said that the majority of justices who signed on to Alito’s decision had not changed their minds.