Supreme Court Refuses To Reach Verdict On Abortion Case

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On Monday, the Supreme Court delivered opinions. Still, none included a decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the highly anticipated abortion case that might overturn Roe v. Wade.

Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked draft opinion stated that “Roe and Casey must be overturned,” alluding to the 1973 case that established a constitutional right to an abortion and the 1992 case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which affirmed that right.

The Supreme Court issued views for the second time since Politico published the leaked draft opinion. Pro-choice activists staged rallies in front of the Supreme Court building and outside the houses of Republican-appointed justices due to the leak.

Chief Justice John Roberts released a statement the day after the draft was published, calling the leak a “betrayal of the Court’s confidences” and stating that “the Court’s work will not be harmed in any way.”

That assertion appears to be upheld by the court. The most high-profile cases are usually decided in the closing weeks of the court’s term, in June or July. The justices are signaling that they are not in a hurry to violate history by not deciding on Dobbs in the weeks following the leaked text, despite the complaints.

In his remarks, Roberts stated that he had requested that the Marshal of the Court investigate the leak and determine its source. The statement was included in a press release from the court that stated that “draft opinions are circulated internally as a routine and essential part of the Court’s confidential deliberative work,” and that “it does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case.”

According to Axios, a letter dated May 13 and sent by the Department of Homeland Security indicated ongoing investigations into threats to “burn down or storm” the Supreme Court building. The research states that the demonstrations that have been taking place in front of the homes of conservative justices are certain to stay and may escalate leading up to and following the Court’s formal ruling.