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Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

The Red/Blue tribal civil war is getting ramped up a notch. The Democrats just a got boost for the pending mid-term elections. A lot of Democratic strategists and elected officials are probably secretly cheering this, and a lot of Republicans are probably secretly saying, “Oh, shit, why did this have to happen now?”

By Josh Gerstein and Alexander Ward Politico

The Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, according to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito circulated inside the court and obtained by POLITICO.

The draft opinion is a full-throated, unflinching repudiation of the 1973 decision which guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights and a subsequent 1992 decision – Planned Parenthood v. Casey – that largely maintained the right. “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito writes.

“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” he writes in the document, labeled as the “Opinion of the Court.” “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

Deliberations on controversial cases have in the past been fluid. Justices can and sometimes do change their votes as draft opinions circulate and major decisions can be subject to multiple drafts and vote-trading, sometimes until just days before a decision is unveiled. The court’s holding will not be final until it is published, likely in the next two months.


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