Hundreds of people gathered outside the Supreme Court overnight after a purported draft opinion was published.

People in support of abortion and those opposed to the procedure stood near the nation’s top court, which allegedly decided that Roe v. Wade should be overturned.

The draft opinion stating as much was made public by Politico, though its authenticity could not immediately be confirmed.

The Supreme Court did not respond to a request for comment.

It remains unclear when the actual opinion in the case at hand, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, will be issued.

The case was argued on Dec. 1, 2021. It confronts Roe v. Wade and a later decision, Planned Parenthood v. Casey which established abortion as a constitutional right despite it not being mentioned in the U.S. Constitution.

In Washington overnight, pro-abortion protesters chanted phrases like “abortion is healthcare” and “anti-choice is so 50 [expletive] years ago.”

A crowd of people gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington early May 3, 2022. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)
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A crowd of people gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington late May 2, 2022. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)
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Fencing surrounds the Supreme Court in Washington on May 2, 2022. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

“It hurts so much to know that it might be ripped away from me,” one protester told WRC-TV.

Those in favor of the court’s apparent decision chanted “hey, hey, ho, ho, Roe v. Wade has got to go.”

They also prayed.

People arrived outside the building within hours of the purported opinion being published.

Supreme Court officers stood on the steps of the building, behind barricades.

No arrests were reported.

Zachary Stieber


Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.

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