SCOTUS Confirms Leak but Says Text Is Not Final
The draft ruling showed that Roe v. Wade may be on the verge of being reversed
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) confirmed that a leaked draft ruling to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision was authentic but not final, even as the disclosure triggered political upheaval with potentially broad electoral and legal consequences.
While protesters gathered outside the court, chanting loudly enough for members of Congress to hear at the Capitol across the street, Democrats led by President Biden vowed to make abortion rights a defining issue of the fall midterm elections. Republicans accused liberals of orchestrating the leak to intimidate the court while Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. ordered an investigation.
"If this decision holds, it's really quite a radical decision," Mr. Biden told reporters. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, called it "an abomination" and Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the court of "brazenly ignoring 50 years of its own precedent." But House Republican leaders issued a joint statement calling it potentially “a decision that protects our most basic and precious right, the right to life.”
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