In a surprising and very dangerous first-of-its-kind event, an opinion originating from the United States Supreme Court was leaked to Politico and then published prior to a decision being made by the Court. Authors JOSH GERSTEIN and ALEXANDER WARD of Politico released an article titled, “Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows”.
On Tuesday, after this article was published, Roberts confirmed the authenticity of the draft opinion and said he was ordering an investigation into the disclosure.
“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,” Roberts pledged in a written statement. “This was a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the Court and the community of public servants who work here”.
Roberts also stressed that the draft opinion “does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case.” The court spokesperson had declined comment pre-publication.
The future of North Carolinas Unborn
Last year, a federal appeals court ruled that North Carolina’s ban on abortion after 20 weeks was unconstitutional. But if SCOTUS overturns Roe, the 20-week ban would likely be reinstated.
“We know that Democratic governors are the strongest and last line of defense to protect abortion rights,” Cooper said in an interview with Axios Tuesday. “We have always been in that position, but now it’s even more intense.“
“I’m going to work hard to elect Democrats to our state legislature in order to protect people from what a supermajority, right-wing, Republican legislature could do to affect their quality of life,” Cooper told Axios.
Republicans in the state capitol are circling. They only need to flip a handful of legislative seats — three in the House and two in the Senate — to have enough votes to override Cooper’s vetoes. That’s within reach this November.