Chief Justice John Roberts has confirmed the authenticity of the draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito, which was leaked Monday evening regarding Roe v. Wade, and also announced he has ordered an investigation into the source of the “betrayal.”
The draft leak obtained by Politico was written in early February. Analysts have suggested the leak may represent an attempt to pressure a Supreme Court justice to change his or her vote on the pivotal case, Fox News reported.
“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,” Justice Roberts wrote in a Tuesday morning statement.
Roberts condemned the leak as an “egregious breach”, writing, “This was a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the Court and to 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,” the Chief Justice announced.
He also said that the document was authentic, but does not represent the “final decision” of any members of the highest court.
Chief Justice Roberts orders an investigation:
JUST IN: The Supreme Court confirms the authenticity of the draft opinion revealed last night by Politico. The chief justice has ordered an investigation into the leak. pic.twitter.com/XZweHdyhCG
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Regarding the draft leak obtained by Politico, Justice Samuel Alito writes in the document, labeled the “Opinion of the Court” for the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization: “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
Alito also noted that Americans hold “sharply conflicting views” on the subject. “Some believe fervently that a human person comes into being at conception and that abortion ends an innocent life. Others feel just as strongly that any regulation of abortion invades a woman’s right to control her own body and prevents women from achieving full equality.”
“Still others in a third group think that abortion should be allowed under some but not all circumstances, and those within this group hold a variety of views about the particular restrictions that should be imposed,” he wrote.