BREAKING: Leaked Document Reveals SCOTUS Poised to Overturn Roe v. Wade
Late yesterday, Politico obtained leaked documents from an unknown source which show Justice Samuel Alito's initial draft in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
The Court is scheduled to share its official ruling on Dobbs before the end of June, and we anticipate that a majority of the justices will rule in its favor. It is also suspected by both sides of the aisle that the Court will rightfully take the appropriate ruling to overturn Roe.
If the Court's opinion holds, Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCFL) will be very pleased that justices recognized that our Constitution does not imply or permit abortion on demand.
Though this ruling would overturn Roe, it would not outlaw abortion. Pro-life supporters and the press need to understand that such a ruling in Dobbs would return the abortion issue to elected representatives in each state legislature. Unfortunately, abortions will continue to be available across the country in many places, including here in Massachusetts. There will be much work left to do to protect our most vulnerable citizens and support women and men faced with unplanned pregnancies.
"Justice Alito's draft decision is just that: a draft," said MCFL President Myrna Maloney Flynn. "We must all wait for the official ruling. Today, we remain focused on our efforts to protect the dignity of the human person and extend human rights to all, born and preborn. However, we acknowledge that such a ruling would be a historic win for the pro-life movement, and a moment pro-life advocates have worked toward for 49 years -- a half century that saw the tragic loss of 65 million lives as a result of Roe v. Wade," Maloney Flynn said.
Polls consistently show that there has never been majority support for the holding of Roe, which allows abortion on demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy. In a 2021 Marist Poll, for example, 76% of respondents opposed abortion on demand and said they would limit abortion to the first three months of pregnancy.
MCFL Chairman J. David Franks, Ph.D. also urges prudence. "Such a leak is unprecedented, and that should give one pause," he said. "And in the nature of the thing, these drafts undergo revision. Indeed, depending on the internal politics of the Court, votes can change: what is now a majority could become a minority before final publication of the Court’s decision."
"All that said," Franks continued, "I found it cathartic to read through the document. What we have wanted to say for decades in response to the shoddiness of Roe and Casey, we find expressed here in argumentation of great cogency. It is worth a look on its own merits."
MCFL praises the pro-life heroes who have worked tirelessly to defend the right to life of the unborn and helped countless mothers for decades. We have our work cut out for us here in Massachusetts, but Massachusetts Citizens for Life and its thousands of pro-life members throughout the state are dedicated to defend the unborn and ensure their mothers have access to truth.
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