Headline RoundupMay 3rd, 2022

Supreme Court to Overturn Roe v Wade, Draft Opinion Shows

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A leaked initial draft majority opinion obtained by Politico (Lean Left bias) shows that the Supreme Court has voted to strike down Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, effectively removing federal protections for the right to pre-viability abortions. 

The 98-page draft opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, was described by Politico as a "a full-throated, unflinching repudiation" of the Roe decision. It weighed in on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a challenge to Mississippi's 2018 15-week abortion ban. While the votes and the wording of the opinion could still change, many in the media took the news as heralding the end of federal abortion protections. 

"Abortion presents a profound moral question." Alito concluded, adding, "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 leaked opinion is the top news story across the political spectrum Tuesday, with many framing the leak as unprecedented and highlighting the states with "trigger laws" that may immediately ban abortions if Roe is overturned.

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