The day’s major story is the leaking of Justice Alito’s Supreme Court draft to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The reactions from both sides of the aisle are about as far apart on the rainbow as one would imagine.
It has also spurned a possible investigation.
First and foremost, you must know that this is far from a final decision.
The leaked draft was just that, a draft by Justice Alito.
Chief Justice Roberts has already hinted that a DOJ investigation could be launched to find the individual that leaked the draft.
Liberals have had two reactions thus far… outrage and celebrating the leaker as a hero.
Conservatives have also had two reactions… celebration of a possible major win as well as outrage over the leak.
In the draft, Justice Alito writes, “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled.”
Again, this is a draft, so it could be one of many that Alito is preparing for the case depending on how the decision goes.
Regardless, the fact that this leak took place could add additional pressure on the justices to change their opinion.
The pressure leading up to the official release of the opinion will be immense, more so from Congress than the protests.
For instance, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is already talking about taking steps to block the decision rather than outrage that a clerk at the Supreme Court leaked the possible opinion.
Liberal media outlets are also hailing the leaker as a hero when this person should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
The documents were leaked to Politico, which published the document in its entirety (click on the link at the bottom to see the full draft).
And, I want to be clear, even if the draft ends up being the majority opinion, abortion will not be illegal.
My take on the draft is that it will remove federal protections and allow individual states to decide if abortions can be conducted in those states, which most constitutionalists would say is the proper opinion that should have been made in the first place.
To that point, the draft by Justice Alito states, “The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion.
“Roe and Casey arrogated that authority.
“We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives.”
The final arguments for this session will be held on Wednesday, but not all decisions will be released at that time.
The court will continue to release decisions over the next few months for cases that have not yet had an opinion released.