Roe v. Wade overturned?

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U.S. Supreme Court report fails to identify abortion ruling leaker
Author of the article:Reuters
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Andrew Chung and John Kruzel
Published Jan 19, 2023 • 4 minute read

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday released a report on the May 2022 leak of a draft version of its blockbuster ruling overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that had legalized abortion nationwide, but failed to identify who was behind the disclosure that rocked the nation’s top judicial body.


The leak – with the news outlet Politico publishing the draft ruling on May 2 – prompted an internal crisis at the court and ignited a political firestorm, with abortion rights supporters staging rallies outside the courthouse and at various locations around the United States.


It was an unprecedented violation of the nine-member court’s tradition of confidentiality in the behind-the-scenes process of making rulings after hearing oral arguments in cases.

The report, prepared by the Supreme Court marshal Gail Curley at the direction of Chief Justice John Roberts, did not identify a specific source of the leak.


“In time, continued investigation and analysis may produce additional leads that could identify the source of the disclosure,” the report stated. “Whether or not any individual is ever identified as the source of the disclosure, the court should take action to create and implement better policies to govern the handling of court-sensitive information and determine the best IT systems for security and collaboration.”


The leak investigation was conducted at a time of increased scrutiny of the court and concerns about an erosion of its legitimacy, with opinion polls showing dropping public confidence in the institution. Only 43% of Americans have a favourable view of the court, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted Jan. 13-15, down from 50% last May.

After examining the court’s computer devices, networks, printers and available call and text logs, investigators have found no forensic evidence indicating who disclosed the draft opinion, the report said.

“At this time, based on a preponderance of the evidence standard, it is not possible to determine the identity of any individual who may have disclosed the document or how the draft opinion ended up with Politico,” the report stated.


The draft opinion, authored by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, was only marginally different than the final decision issued on June 24. The ruling upheld a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy and ended the recognition of a woman’s right to an abortion under the U.S. Constitution.

Several Republican-governed states moved rapidly after the ruling to enact abortion bans.


‘AN AFFRONT’
Roberts the day after the publication of the leaked opinion announced an investigation into what he called “a singular and egregious breach” of the Supreme Court’s trust “that is an affront to the court and the community of public servants who work here.”

Roberts in announcing the investigation defended the court’s workforce as “intensely loyal to the institution and dedicated to the rule of law,” adding that court employees have a tradition of respecting the confidentiality of the judicial process. Roberts on May 5 called the leak “absolutely appalling” and said that if the person behind it believed it would affect the work of the court “that’s just foolish.”


Protesters staged demonstrations outside the homes of some of the conservative justices after the leak. A 26-year-old California man armed with a handgun who planned to kill Brett Kavanaugh was charged with attempted murder on June 8 after being arrested near the justice’s Maryland home.

Liberal Justice Elena Kagan in September said the court’s legitimacy could be imperiled if Americans come to view its members as trying to impose personal preferences on society. In October, Alito warned against questioning the court’s integrity. Liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Jan. 4 said she felt a “sense of despair” at the direction taken by the court during its previous term. The court has a 6-3 conservative majority.


Alito found himself in the middle of another leak controversy in November after the New York Times reported a former anti-abortion leader’s assertion that he was told in advance about how the court would rule in a major 2014 case involving insurance coverage for women’s birth control.

The ruling, authored by Alito, exempted privately held companies from a Democratic-backed federal regulation that would have required any health insurance they provided employees to cover contraceptives if the business expressed a religious objection.

Rob Schenck, an evangelical Christian minister, told the Times that weeks before the ruling was issued he was informed about what it would be shortly after two conservative allies of his dined at the home of Alito and his wife. Alito said in a statement that any allegation that he or his wife leaked the 2014 decision was “completely false.”

The court’s legal counsel wrote in a letter to two Democratic lawmakers who voiced concern over the matter: “There is nothing to suggest that Justice Alito’s actions violated ethical standards.”
 

Serryah

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These women should NOT have to be going through this.

The doctor(s) involved should not have been scared to act.

Regardless of where one stands on abortion itself, there is no justification for any of this. Obviously this Texas law is endangering the lives of women, and Florida is looking to do something similar?

 
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These women should NOT have to be going through this.

The doctor(s) involved should not have been scared to act.

Regardless of where one stands on abortion itself, there is no justification for any of this. Obviously this Texas law is endangering the lives of women, and Florida is looking to do something similar?

These ladies look so intelligent that they have never heard of the automobile .
 

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If they have issues getting a valid abortion they should be suing those who abused the privilege (it was never a Right) and lost it.
Interesting. So maybe y'all should sue the people who used guns in crimes for Canada's restrictions on gun ownership?

Same principle, is it not?

By the way, abortion was indeed a right in the U.S. So designated by the body Constitutionally empowered to rule on the law, which includes rights.
 

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Ham and pepperoni.

Dont be ridiculous getting into semantics.

Is jail and loss of use not the punishment for abusings gun privileges?
 

Tecumsehsbones

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Ham and pepperoni.

Dont be ridiculous getting into semantics.

Is jail and loss of use not the punishment for abusings gun privileges?
“'When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’"
--Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
 

petros

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Now your trying to bring out the big guns with quote about a broken cannon?

Do triplets make a semiautomatic assault pussy?
 

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These women should NOT have to be going through this.

The doctor(s) involved should not have been scared to act.

Regardless of where one stands on abortion itself, there is no justification for any of this. Obviously this Texas law is endangering the lives of women, and Florida is looking to do something similar?

Rarely is the wife's health is at risk during a pregnancy = that is a fact. But the people who have no issues with abortion make it sound like there are thousands of women whose lives are at stake due to some medical condition. That is blatantly false. Most abortions are for convenience only; some are for financial reasons as well but "medical issues" are not the majority of reasons.
 
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Why are they all alive?
As our old friend and founder of the Protestant movement said ------

“If a woman grows weary and, at last, dies from childbearing, it matters not. Let her die from bearing - she is there to do it.” - Martin Luther

Christians, not all religions thank God for women.

What can one say.

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If they have issues getting a valid abortion they should be suing those who abused the privilege (it was never a Right) and lost it.
Knowing the stats of how poorly many of the unwanted children do over time, it will not take long before women start to sue those who forced those hardships onto them, and they will win.

As they should.

If we are to save these lives, we are obliged to make their lives worth living, to the best of our tax paying ability, which is not up to snuff as is.

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Rarely is the wife's health is at risk during a pregnancy = that is a fact. But the people who have no issues with abortion make it sound like there are thousands of women whose lives are at stake due to some medical condition. That is blatantly false. Most abortions are for convenience only; some are for financial reasons as well but "medical issues" are not the majority of reasons.
One word should do here.

Preeclampsia.

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DL
 

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Rarely is the wife's health is at risk during a pregnancy = that is a fact. But the people who have no issues with abortion make it sound like there are thousands of women whose lives are at stake due to some medical condition. That is blatantly false. Most abortions are for convenience only; some are for financial reasons as well but "medical issues" are not the majority of reasons.
"The wife," is it?