Protests have taken place outside the Supreme Court following a shocking abortion rights leak

Hundreds of protesters from both sides of the abortion rights debate rallied outside the Supreme Court on Monday night after Politico released a leaked draft majority opinion saying the justices appear poised to cancel Roe v. Wade.

Videos posted to social media show pro-choice protesters — who outnumbered anti-abortion activists, CNN reported — holding up signs and chanting phrases such as “abortion is health care” and ” pro-life is a lie, you don’t care if women die.”

Meanwhile, anti-abortion activists sang chants such as “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Roe v. Wade gotta go.”

Politico released a leaked majority opinion for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in which Judge Samuel Alito says “Roe got it badly wrong from the start.”

“It is time to respect the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected officials,” Alito wrote.

The official decision on the case – which revolves around a 2018 Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks – is expected within the next two months.

Annie McDonnell, a student at George Washington University who joined the protest in court, told Reuters she did not follow the conservative justice rationale for invalidating Roe.

“The first line of the project is that this is a moral issue,” she said. “If it’s a moral issue, you shouldn’t deprive us of our choice.”

Celina Bamper, a law student in Washington, DC, told The New York Times that she was upset to learn of the court’s decision on a major case through a leak.

“It just completely destroys trust in the court, to find out about this momentous decision through a leak,” Bamper said. “It’s appalling.”

Indeed, a draft decision of the Supreme Court was never made public while a case was still pending.

“This unprecedented view of the judges’ deliberations is clearly news of great public interest,” Politico editors Dafna Linzer and Matt Kaminski wrote in an email to staff. “Our obligation, as protected by the First Amendment, is to report the news and inform our public.”


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