Supreme Court May Vote to Overturn Roe V. Wade

Updates will be added to this article as they come out to the public.

According to a leaked draft opinion obtained by Politico, The Supreme Court may have plans to overturn the highly controversial bill Roe V. Wade.

Roe V. Wade, sometimes known simply as Roe, was a lawsuit challenging a Texas law making abortion illegal except by a doctor’s orders to save a woman’s life which established a constitutional right to abortion in 1973.

Now, many figures in the political landscape as well as everyday people are against the right to have a safe and secure abortion.

Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Justice Samuel Alito writes in the initial draft, “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled.”

Twitter users are reacting to this document reveal, with some outraged and others not surprised.

One Twitter user wrote, “Welcome to the Republic of Gilead…” as a comparison to the fictional location in the book-turned-show The Handmaid’s Tale which depicts a state focused on forcing women into carrying out pregnancies due to a declining birth rate.

As of writing this article, there is no word from the court on whether this leak is set in stone. Politico writes that Justices can sometimes change their votes as draft opinions can be subject to multiple drafts.

However, it is worth it to note the overturning of Roe V. Wade would allow individual states to determine the legality of abortion instead of it being a federal ruling.

According to Healthline, at least twenty-six states are expected to ban or restrict access to abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

“Women wake up! Our rights to manage our bodies is slowly slipping away. These bans not only include abortion but also states are outlawing the morning after pill,” Another Twitter user wrote, “Women need safe options for failed birth control. We’re headed back to the dark ages!”

Editor Update:

On Tuesday, May 3rd, Chief Justice Roberts confirmed the authenticity of the leaked draft document. However, he added that while the draft is real, it is not a final decision.

President Joe Biden has stated that the “stability of our law” hangs on the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe V. Wade and he will work to “codify the right to abortion”.