WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — If the U.S. Supreme Court in the historic 1973 Roe v. Wade case, which legalized abortion nationwide, it would immediately divide the country into states with access to abortion and those that would outlaw it.
Some states were already preparing for the possibility that the High Court could weaken or reverse the row, but a blistering leak of draft opinion on Tuesday intensified that campaign, urging the country to defend even more abortion rights. Definitely set up for the messy scenario. The court actually issues its decision.
Almost immediately after Politico released the draft Monday night, Republicans who have pushed for a decades-long push to end abortion rights cheered the prospect, while Democrats vowed to fight a possible reversal of a constitutional right. The ditch, which has been in place for almost half a century.
In California, Democrats who control the state legislature and the governor’s office issued a joint statement late Monday announcing that they would seek to amend the state’s constitution to ensure abortion rights.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion-rights think tank, nearly half of U.S. states are already expected to ban abortion if the row falls. Twenty-two states, largely in the South and Midwest, already have complete or almost complete bans on books. Except for Texas, everyone is now blocked in court because of the row.
Thirteen states have so-called trigger laws that would ban abortion immediately if the row is reversed and likely take effect if the Supreme Court gives a majority to the draft in late June or early July.
Major developments in the abortion story:
– President Biden urges Supreme Court to reconsider
The leak of the draft opinion shocked the watchers of the Supreme Court
– News of draft opinion echoed in Michigan, which has pre-row abortion ban
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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden calls for “basic fairness and the stability of our law” that the U.S. Supreme Court did not overturn the historic 1973 Roe v. Wade case, which legalized abortion nationwide.
In a statement on Tuesday, Biden said he would work to codify abortion rights into federal law. Politico issued a draft opinion suggesting that the court may be ready to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade case.
The decision to end the row would ban abortion in nearly half of the states and could have huge implications for this year’s elections.
It is not clear whether the draft represents the court’s final word on the matter – opinions often change in the drafting process.
The Supreme Court is known for keeping secrets. Year after year, in big case after big case, what the judges say during oral arguments is little more than what tells how they will rule.
Which is why the leak of a clear draft of an opinion in a major abortion case shocks court watchers.
The draft, published by Politico, says the majority of the court is prepared to overturn the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide.
There have been leaks in the past too, but not to such an extent. Only a small number of people have access to decisions before they are published.
News that the US Supreme Court is set to reverse the historic Roe v. Wade decision is echoing in Michigan, the political battleground.
The state has a pre-row abortion ban that could take effect and is unlikely to be changed by a Republican-led legislature.
Attention is quickly turning to the courts, where Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Planned Parenthood have filed lawsuits to invalidate the 1931 law.
The development is also focusing on the November election, when governors and legislators are up for re-election and voters can decide whether to stipulate abortion rights in the Michigan Constitution.
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