I’m not sure which is worse, a leaked Supreme Court document saying Roe v. Wade is being overturned or the fact that such a document was leaked at all.
Politico reported yesterday that it had received a copy of a draft majority opinion written by Justice Alito announcing the total rejection of Roe v. Wade. And Chief Justice John Roberts has confirmed the document is genuine although not necessarily final. It’s been expected for some time that the conservative-heavy (6-3) Supreme Court would overrule the abortion rights secured by Roe, but the leak of such a document is virtually unprecedented. The source of the leak and the reason for the leak must be determined and Chief Justice Roberts has ordered an investigation.
I’m pleased that forward-thinking Colorado, anticipating the overturn of Roe, passed a law a month ago securing abortion rights for women. In the same month my former home state of Oklahoma passed two very restrictive laws banning abortion; one of them mimics the vigilante-style law in Texas that lets any citizen sue a woman who gets an abortion or anyone who helps her. Reportedly twenty-three states have abortion-banning laws ready to be implemented as soon as Roe is overturned.
The Kavanaugh hearings confirmed for me that the Supreme Court was a lost cause, and things have only worsened since then. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to the Dark Ages for both women and the Supreme Court.