Leaked U.S. Supreme Court Document States Intent to Overturn Roe v. Wade

May 2, 2022

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Cited article by Josh Gerstein and Alexander Ward, Politico


HRRC firmly supports the right to abortion and recognizes it as a human right. The pending decision to overturn the controversial 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision will have detrimental effects, such as limiting access to safe abortions, which often leads individuals to seek out illegal and dangerous methods. Further, overturning this decision will allow individual states to criminalize abortions altogether.


Article Summary


A leaked internal draft from the U.S. Supreme Court shows that the court intends to overturn the landmark abortion rights Roe v. Wade decision. The document, written by Justice Samuel Alito, states “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”. The conservative-appointed majority court is currently voting five to the three democratic-appointed judges.


While a final decision is yet to be published by the court, which may not arrive for two months or more, the document demonstrates the fears of many over the fate of Roe v Wade and abortion rights in the United States. If the court overrules the 1973 court decision, it would leave abortion laws up to the determination by each individual state. Many believed the court would remove aspects of abortion rights or limit Roe v Wade, but now are shocked that the court is intending to completely overturn the decision.