Several Republican senators have since called for an investigation into the “unprecedented breach of confidentiality.” Politically reports a leaked draft majority Supreme Court overturn opinion abortion rights legalized by the landmark Roe V Calf Verdict.
The draft opinion seemed to have been written by Justice Samuel Alitoand stated that he, along with Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, voted to uphold a Mississippi law criminalizing abortion at 15 weeks.
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley called the leak an “attack” by the left aimed at intimidating the Supreme Court, tweeting, “The Left continues its attack on the Supreme Court with an unprecedented breach of confidentiality that clearly… intended to intimidate. The judges must not give in to this attempt to corrupt the process. Stay strong.”
Senator Tom Cotton called for an investigation, urging the Supreme Court and Justice Department to “promptly get to the bottom of this leak with any investigative tools necessary.”
“Meanwhile, Roe was terribly wrong from the start and I pray the court will follow the constitution and allow states to go back to protecting unborn life,” the Arkansas senator tweeted.
Florida Senator Rick Scott also criticized the “radical left” for the leak.
“The Supreme Court’s confidential deliberative process is sacred and protects it from political interference,” he wrote on Twitter. “This violation shows that radical Democrats are working even harder to intimidate and subvert the court. It was always her plan. The judiciary is not deterred by this attack.”
The leak of the draft opinion has also raised concerns among several lawyers and experts investigating the functioning of the court.
Unlike the White House and Congress, where leaks are a tool used by political activists trying to advance their agenda, the Supreme Court typically keeps its internal deliberations secret.
“This is the equivalent of leaking the Pentagon papers, but before the Supreme Court,” Neal Katyal, a former acting US attorney general, said in a Twitter post.
“It is impossible to overestimate the earthquake this will cause in the court in terms of destroying trust between judges and staff,” wrote the widely followed Scotusblog on its Twitter account.
“The leakage of a draft report is a massive breach of established norms. It just doesn’t happen,” tweeted Dan Epps, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis, adding that the culprit would likely be “someone who is upset” with what the court is doing.
Ilya Shapiro, an associate professor at Georgetown University’s Law Center, posted that the leak is “someone on the left engaging in civil disobedience,” calling the leak “inexcusable and threatening the functioning of the court.”
SSupporters and opponents of abortion rights clashed in front of the Supreme Court building about the possible consequences of such a verdict.
Pro-choice activists fear it will force women to carry unwanted pregnancies to term until delivery, unless they can travel to a state where abortion is legal under state law or risk undergoing an illegal procedure outside of licensed medical facilities.
“Justices out of my vagina,” read a held-up sign. “I love someone who had an abortion,” read another. “Abortion is health care,” abortion advocates chanted.
The draft judgment is now available drew quick backlash from Democratswith the congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders, who is leading the angry condemnation of the leaked draft judgment.
“As we warned, SCOTUS isn’t just coming about abortion — they’re coming about the right to privacy that Roe is founded on, which includes gay marriage and civil rights,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/roe-draft-opinion-republican-investigation-b2070405.html Republican senators are calling for an investigation into leaked draft Supreme Court decision on abortion rights