A draft notice circulated among Supreme Court justices suggests that earlier this year a majority backed the overturning of the 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide. country, according to a report published Monday evening in Politico.
While it’s unclear whether the draft represents the court’s final say on the matter, politicians in Illinois are already reacting strongly to the news.
Governor JB Pritzker called the decision a “violation” of women’s rights:
Republican gubernatorial candidate Jesse Sullivan said he felt “prayerful gratitude and unbridled optimism” after the report was released:
“Although the decision is not official and could still take months, I am thrilled with what could be a generational change in the soul of our country,” he said in a statement. “Prayer works, and my prayer tonight is gratitude.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the decision would “set our country back decades” and condemned the report.
“What we see tonight on Roe v. Wade is an appalling attack on our fundamental right to choose, and we will fight this with everything we have,” she said on Twitter. “You have my word: I will do everything possible to guarantee your right to an abortion.
Republican Representative Mary Miller welcomed the decision in a tweet.
“‘Before forming you in my mother’s womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I named you prophet to the nations,'” she tweeted, quoting Jeremiah 1 :5. “Pray for life!”
NBC News has not secured or confirmed the project. The Associated Press could not immediately confirm the authenticity of the draft published by Politico, which, if verified, marks a shocking revelation of the High Court’s secret deliberation process, particularly before a case came to light. be officially settled.
The news outlet published what was dubbed the “1st draft” of the “court’s opinion” in a case challenging Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, a case known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
The Supreme Court has yet to issue a decision in the case, and opinions — and even judges’ votes — have shifted during the drafting process. The court is expected to rule on the case before its term ends in late June or early July.
The draft is signed by Justice Samuel Alito, a member of the court’s 6-3 conservative majority, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush.
“Roe was blatantly wrong from the start,” the draft notice reads.
“We believe Roe and Casey should be overturned,” he adds, referring to Planned Parenthood v. Casey’s 1992 which upheld Roe’s conclusion of a constitutional right to abortion services but allowed states to impose certain constraints on the practice. “It is time to respect the Constitution and to return the question of abortion to the elected representatives of the people.
The draft opinion in effect states that there is no constitutional right to abortion services and would allow individual states to more strongly regulate or outright ban the procedure.
Politico said only that it had received “a copy of the draft notice from a person familiar with the court proceedings in the Mississippi case along with other details supporting the authenticity of the document.”