In the wake of a purported draft opinion being published, some Supreme Court watchers are urging the nation’s top court to quickly release the final opinion in the case.
“Given the leak, the court should issue a ruling as soon as possible,” Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, said in a statement. “This leak was meant to corrupt the process. It is heartbreaking that some abortion advocates will stoop to any level to intimidate the court no matter what the consequences.”
Ed Whelan, a senior fellow at the Ethics & Public Policy Center, offered a similar view.
Because of the leak, “the court should go ahead and issue the majority opinion as soon as it is final,” he wrote on Twitter. “Dissenters can issue their opinions later.”
Politico late May 2 published a purported draft opinion in a case that challenges Roe v. Wade, which saw the Supreme Court establish access to abortion as a constitutional right.
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Justice Samuel Alito, a George W. Bush appointee, allegedly said in the draft, apparently writing for the majority. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
Planned Parenthood v. Casey is a follow-up decision to Roe that helped maintain the right to abortion access.
Both decisions have been cited by courts in pausing or striking down some laws curtailing abortion restrictions.
Other court watchers also said they hope the court releases the actual opinion soon.
“If reports are true and a majority on the Supreme Court have ruled to rectify Roe, it is the correct decision, and I hope they release the majority opinion as soon as it is finalized,” Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) said in a statement.
The Supreme Court has not responded to requests for comment and has not issued a public statement on the purported draft. President Joe Biden said in a statement that the White House does not know if the draft is genuine and, if it is, whether it reflects the court’s final decision.
Justices heard oral arguments in the case in question, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in December 2021.
The Supreme Court does not have specific timelines for deciding on cases, but the court will issue a ruling in the case by the end of its current term.
The term, which began on Oct. 4, 2021, is expected to continue until late June or early July.
Oral arguments have wrapped up for the term; justices are only sitting now to announce orders and opinions.