by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 22, 2022) — On Wednesday’s “Hannity” broadcast, in an interview with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), host Sean Hannity said the U.S. Supreme Court will “probably” release its opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization “this week,” to which Cruz said it will be issued within “the next few days.”
Those observations were not unexpected given that the high court adjourns its spring term at the end of June or first week of July for a three-month hiatus, before which it issues any pending opinions.
A draft opinion in the case, which concerns a Mississippi abortion law precluding the termination of pregnancies after 15 weeks’ gestation, was leaked May 2 to Politico and indicated that five of the nine justices were at one point poised to overturn the “right to privacy” and abortion construed by the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. The opinion, marked “1st Draft,” dated February 10, 2022 and authored by Associate Justice Samuel Alito, rejected the 1973 decision and a subsequent one in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, with, “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely — the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment…Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences… It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives…”
“A person familiar with the court’s deliberations said that four of the other Republican-appointed justices — Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett — had voted with Alito in the conference held among the justices after hearing oral arguments in December, and that line-up remains unchanged as of this week,” Politico reported in its “exclusive” on May 2.
“POLITICO received a copy of the draft opinion from a person familiar with the court’s proceedings in the Mississippi case along with other details supporting the authenticity of the document,” the article further revealed.
The publication of the draft gave rise to vandalism of pregnancy resource centers across the country and throngs of protesters picketing outside some of the justices’ homes as well as at the Supreme Court building.
The FBI is reportedly now investigating the attacks on pro-life centers.
One California activist, Nicholas Roske, devised and took steps June 8 to carry out a plot to assassinate Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh which was foiled after Roske exchanged texts with his sister, who reportedly dissuaded him and convinced him to call 911.
On Wednesday Roske entered a “not guilty” plea in federal court on the charge of “attempted murder.” “In addition to his concern over abortion rights, Roske also was upset Kavanaugh would loosen gun laws following the school massacre in Uvalde, Texas,” The New York Post reported Wednesday. “Prosecutors said he planned to commit suicide after potentially killing Kavanaugh.”
On Wednesday 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump suggested the court “go to the reporter who received the leak” to find its source.