By Catherine Garcia The Week
Politico has obtained an initial draft opinion written by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito that would strike down Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that guarantees a federal constitutional right to abortion.
In the 98-page draft, labeled as the “Opinion of the Court,” Alito writes that “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” adding that it and the 1992 decision Planned Parenthood v. Casey “must be overruled. It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
Alito professes not to “question the motives” of people who support or oppose laws restricting abortion, and writes that “women are not without electoral or political power. The percentage of women who register to vote and cast ballots is consistently higher than the percentage of men who do so.”
Politico‘s Josh Gerstein and Alexander Ward said the draft, which was written in February, has been authenticated, and noted that “no draft decision in the history of the court has been disclosed publicly while a case was still pending.” This is an “unprecedented revelation” that is “bound to intensify the debate over what was already the most controversial case on the docket this term,” they added.