WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft opinion circulated among Supreme Court justices suggests that earlier this year a majority of them had thrown support behind overturning the 1973 case Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion nationwide. That's according to a report published Monday night in Politico.
It’s unclear if the draft represents the court’s final word on the matter. The news outlet published what was labeled as a “1st Draft” of the “Opinion of the Court” in a case challenging Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks.
The Associated Press could not immediately confirm the authenticity of the draft, which if verified marks a shocking revelation of the high court’s secretive deliberation process.
Severeal Michigan lawmakers responded to the news Monday night.
Our work is more important than ever. I’ll fight like hell to protect abortion access in Michigan. https://t.co/RGmAofv8up— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) May 3, 2022
If reports are true and a majority on the Supreme Court have ruled to rectify Roe, it is the correct decision, and I hope they release the majority opinion as soon as it is finalized. (1/3)— Rep. Bill Huizenga (@RepHuizenga) May 3, 2022
I am praying for the safety of all the Justices during these extraordinarily challenging and unprecedented times. (3/3)— Rep. Bill Huizenga (@RepHuizenga) May 3, 2022
This is outrageous! Overturning #RoeVWade will have extreme consequences for women across the country. https://t.co/6SIznHgP8s— Sen. Debbie Stabenow (@SenStabenow) May 3, 2022