Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed the authenticity of the leaked draft opinion indicating the Supreme Court would upend Roe v. Wade as he announced an investigation into the source of the ‘betrayal.’
‘To the extent this betrayal of the confidences of the Court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed. The work of the Court will not be affected in any way,’ Roberts wrote in a Tuesday morning statement.
‘We at the Court are blessed to have a workforce – permanent employees and law clerks alike – intensely loyal to the institution and dedicated to the rule of law. Court employees have an exemplary and important tradition of respecting the confidentiality of the judicial process and upholding the trust of the Court. This was a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the Court and the community of public servants who work here.’
‘I have directed the Marshal of the Court to launch an investigation into the source of the leak,’ Roberts added.
Roberts said that though the document was authentic, it does not represent the ‘final decision’ of any members of the court.
Roberts did not want to overturn Roe, meaning he would have dissented from the other five conservative justices in Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion, according to CNN. Last fall during arguments for the case at the center of the matter, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Roberts seemed to be looking for a way to uphold Mississippi’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks without overturning Roe.
President Biden told reporters just before boarding Air Force one that it was ‘really quite a radical decision’ and ‘a fundamental shift in American jurisprudence.’
‘I just got a call saying that it’s been announced that it is a real draft but it doesn’t represent who’s gonna vote for it yet. I hope there are not enough votes for it,’ Biden said.
He said in a further statement on the draft: ‘My administration argued strongly before the Court in defense of Roe v. Wade. We said that Roe is based on ‘a long line of precedent recognizing ‘the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty’… against government interference with intensely personal decisions.’ I believe that a woman’s right to choose is fundamental, Roe has been the law of the land for almost fifty years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned.’
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Source: Daily Mail