(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) In what has been called an “unprecedented leak” from the U.S. Supreme Court, one which has the potential to conveniently roil a leftist lethargy heading into the midterms under a mightily unpopular president, a draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito that surfaced Monday seems to indicate a majority of the court is ready to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“The draft opinion,” reported Politico, which obtained the leaked document, “is a full-throated, unflinching repudiation of the 1973 decision which guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights and a subsequent 1992 decision – Planned Parenthood v. Casey – that largely maintained the right.”
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito wrote.
Four justices — Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett — joined Alito in the majority, according to the draft, while Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented. Chief Justice John Roberts did not cast a vote, according to Politico.
The enormity of the opinion can’t be overstated, if accurate, and the convenience of the leak has already started speculation that it was a leftist plant designed to inflame Democrats.
Leaking a draft opinion is a scumbag move designed to create public pressure against the court before the decision is finalized.
A sane media would think twice about whether they should enable this pressure campaign from here on out. But we do not have a sane media. https://t.co/SylxV9S4YA
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) May 3, 2022
Indeed, in the aftermath of the leaked draft, security fences were seen erected around the perimeter of the Supreme Court, apparently in a preemptive measure for the storm of what the fake news media will likely deem mostly peaceful protests ready to erupt.
Right now: Barricades are up around the Supreme Court building, just minutes after reports from Politico were leaked indicating SCOTUS has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade. pic.twitter.com/LxR9rbs6TF
— Cami Mondeaux (@cami_mondeaux) May 3, 2022
And the fences might already need to be doubled; as if on cue, abortion activists and leftist agitators have descended on the Supreme Court.
Pro-abortion protesters also let out a scream in front of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/rgTJNRKZUL
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) May 3, 2022
Crowd of protesters is growing quickly, and pushing toward the barricade that the handful of guards put up earlier tonight. Chants of “fascist scum have got to go,” interspersed with the names of the conservative justices pic.twitter.com/2OHtE2pLuy
— Nate Hochman (@njhochman) May 3, 2022
Where the leak originated remains unknown, but it has been indicated that it came from a “Democrat clerk and the leak was intended to create pressure to change the votes or burn the institution.”
In this tweet the dark money former Hillary spox turned leftist SCOTUS warrior admits the leak was a Democrat clerk and the leak was intended to create pressure to change the votes or burn the institution.
Pure evil. https://t.co/9PjMC93hw1
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) May 3, 2022
If that is the case, Alito’s purported language in the draft majority opinion would certainly give alt-left Democrats a distraction from their plummeting poll numbers, skyrocketing inflation and economy in crisis heading into what many predict will be a Red Wave in the midterm elections.
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Alito wrote in the document, labeled as the “Opinion of the Court,” according to Politico.
“It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
Some of the Left’s most activist politicians pounced on the news and used it to decidedly partisan ends, pushing hot buttons to encourage radical change far outside the parameters of Roe.
“As we’ve warned, SCOTUS isn’t just coming for abortion – they’re coming for the right to privacy Roe rests on, which includes gay marriage + civil rights,” tweeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., in an apparent prod to midterm voters.
People elected Democrats precisely so we could lead in perilous moments like these- to codify Roe, hold corruption accountable, & have a President who uses his legal authority to break through Congressional gridlock on items from student debt to climate.
It’s high time we do it.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 3, 2022
“If we had a Republican-controlled House and a Republican-controlled Senate and a Republican in the White House,” Maddow asked, “is there any line in this ruling, as you read it, that would prevent the legislature and the president from establishing a new law that full-on banned abortion in its entirety in every state in the country in every instance?”
At which point Politico reporter Josh Gerstein tapped the brakes on Maddow’s hysteria, noting that the draft opinion doesn’t really get into what the federal government’s power would be, but nonetheless said it “leaves it open as a possibility.”
Gerstein, who co-wrote the article, double-downed on the report’s authenticity, while also acknowledging that, while unlikely, there could have been changes in the draft opinion since it was written in early February.
Whatever the implications, several pundits were quick to note that the leak and uproar it’s likely to trigger with protest and tumult ranked on par with the Jan. 6 protests, and should be treated accordingly.
“The SCOTUS leak is an actual insurrection,” tweeted the Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh.
“An attempt to completely upend and delegitimize the rule of law, incite violence and chaos, and potentially plunge the nation into civil war.
“January 6th was a stroll in the park compared to this. It’s not even close.”
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., underlined the gravity and potential damage of the leak.
“The Supreme Court & the DOJ must get to the bottom of this leak immediately using every investigative tool necessary,” Cotton said.
The Supreme Court & the DOJ must get to the bottom of this leak immediately using every investigative tool necessary.
In the meantime, Roe was egregiously wrong from the beginning & I pray the Court follows the Constitution & allows the states to once again protect unborn life.
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) May 3, 2022
“We’ve been hearing for almost a year and a half about attacks on our democracy and insurrections,” said Townhall columnist Kurt Schlichter.
“This did more damage than a bunch of elderly Trump voters taking selfies in the Rotunda.”
Townhall Senior columnist @KurtSchlichter on tonight’s massive SCOTUS leak:
“We’ve been hearing for almost a year and a half about attacks on our democracy and insurrections. This did more damage than a bunch of elderly Trump voters taking selfies in the Rotunda.” pic.twitter.com/Rc4v6SdX89
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) May 3, 2022