The United States Supreme Court could eliminate the right to abortion in USAaccording to a draft majority opinion from the corporation that would tear apart nearly 50 years of constitutional protections.
The draft, obtained by Politico, was authored by Judge Samuel Alito and was circulated inside the conservative-dominated court, the news outlet reported.
The text cites the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision enshrining the right to abortion as “appallingly wrong from the start.”
“We hold that Roe and Casey should be overturned,” Alito writes in the document, labeled “Opinion of the Court” and posted on Politico’s website.
“It’s time to heed the Constitution and return the abortion issue to the elected representatives of the people.”
Reproductive rights have come under increasing threat in the United States in recent months, as states have moved to tighten restrictions.
Right-wing politicians have launched an attack on abortion, while Democrats, led by President Joe Biden, are fighting to protect access to the procedure.
In December, hearing oral arguments on a Mississippi law that could ban most abortions after 15 weeks, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed inclined not only to uphold the rule, but to overturn Roe’s decision. against Wade.
This nine-member body, dominated by conservatives following former President Donald Trump’s nomination of three justices, is expected to issue a decision in the Mississippi case by June.
Politico stressed that the document it obtained is a draft and that opinions could change until then.
The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice research group, has said it is “certain or likely” that 26 states will ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
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