SUPREME COURT CONFIRMS AUTHENTICITY OF LEAKED ABORTION RULING DRAFT
The US supreme court on Tuesday confirmed the validity of the abortion ruling draft which was leaked to the public.
The draft document named “1st draft” which was written by Justice Samuel Alito was first released into the public by Politico US. It calls the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling - which legalized abortion across the US - "egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences." The document had indications leading to a chance the supreme court may be preparing to strike out the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion a constitutional right in America.
This has stirred hope in pro-life organizations and Christians that the law will be revoked making abortion illegal.
In a statement, Chief Justice Roberts described the leak as a “singular and egregious breach” and instructed the Marshal of the supreme court to launch investigations into the matter. He however added that, the document is a draft and does not represent the final decision of the supreme court.
The draft has however received wide backlash from several groups and the President of USA. President Joe Biden in a statement warned that the decision if it stays the same, will have far reaching implications:
"It concerns me a great deal that we're going to, after 50 years, decide a woman does not have a right to choose," he said.
"But even more, equally profound is the rationale used. It would mean that every other decision relating to the notion of privacy is thrown into question."
"If it becomes the law, and if what is written remains, it goes far beyond the concern of whether or not there is the right to choose. It goes to other basic rights - the right to marriage, the right to determine a whole range of things." he said.
Aside the president, Planned Parenthood - the largest provider of reproductive health services in the US, has said it would "continue to fight like hell to protect the right to access safe, legal abortion". According to them, the law if passed will restrict health access to over 36 million women nationwide.