SCOTUS John Roberts privately pushes to save abortion rights: CNN

  • In late June, the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 decision, Roe v. Wade.
  • SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts privately tried to influence other judges ahead of the decision, CNN reported.
  • His persuasive efforts were thwarted in part by the unprecedented leak of the draft notice, according to CNN.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts quietly tried to influence other justices to protect abortion rights, but his efforts were thwarted by the unprecedented leak of an opinion draft in May, CNN reported Tuesday.

Multiple sources familiar with Roberts’ conversations told CNN that the chief justice directed his efforts at conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh — and to a lesser extent, Justice Amy Coney Barrett — in an unsuccessful attempt to steer clear of the bill. notice that was leaked in May.

The Politico report on the leaked opinion rocked the nation, as well as throwing a wrench into Roberts’ plans to save reproductive rights, lifting the lid on what was usually private deliberation and sparking a national public outcry.

According to CNN’s report, judges on the nation’s highest court were aware of Politico’s next report on the draft notice in late April – a week before it was released – and eagerly watched the report in the days leading up to it. . to its publication on the evening of May 2.

Following the leaked draft opinion, the Supreme Court voted in late June in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, which overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that granted women the constitutional right to health. ‘abortion.

Judge Samuel Alito, who wrote the opinion for the nation’s highest court, said Roe was “grossly wrong all along” and that “states can regulate abortion” now. In the opinion, Alito argued that the right to abortion is part of the right to privacy — neither of which is included in the Constitution.

With his persuasive efforts thwarted, Roberts ultimately agreed to uphold the court’s decision on Dobbs, but dissented on Roe’s overturning, saying the gutting of the federal abortion law is “a serious shock to the legal system”.

“The Court’s opinion and the dissent display an implacable freedom of doubt on the legal question which I cannot share,” Roberts said in his opinion.

A Supreme Court official did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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