The Supreme Court has confirmed in a statement that the leaked draft document that would overturn Roe v Wade is real.
The ruling was not meant to be released until summer 2022, and the leak may speed up the timeline.
An investigation has been launched by Chief Justice John Roberts.
The statement from the Court reads: "Yesterday, a news organization published a copy of a draft opinion in a pending case." The news was first reported by Politico.
"Justices circulate draft opinions internally as a routine and essential part of the Court's confidential deliberative work. Although the document described in yesterday's reports is authentic, it does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., also provided a statement: "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. We at the Court are blessed to have a workforce – permanent employees and law clerks alike – intensely loyal to the institution and dedicated to the rule of law. Court employees have an exemplary and important tradition of respecting the confidentiality of the judicial process and upholding the trust of the Court.
"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. on into the source of the I have directed the Marshal of the Court to launch an investigation into the source of the leak.
The leak has garnered a lot of attention from those on the left, including President Joe Biden, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and New York Senator Chuck Schumer.
In a statement prior to the leaked documents verification, Biden said that his administration strongly supports Roe v Wade, saying that it's based on a "long line of precedent recognizing 'the Fourteenth Amendment's concept of personal liberty'... against government interference with intensely personal decisions."
"I believe that a woman's right to choose is fundamental, Roe has been the law of the land for almost fifty years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned," he wrote.
Cortez was more direct, saying that it was time to "leave it all on the field" and amend America's constitution to include it.
"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," she wrote in a tweet.
"If we don’t, what message does that send? We can’t sit around, finger point, & hand wring as people’s futures + equality are on the line.
"It’s time to be decisive, lead with confidence, fight for a prosperous future for all and protect the vulnerable."
Speaking on the Senate floor, Schumer said this morning, "Last night, a report disclosed that a conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court is ready to overturn Roe v Wade, and uproot decades of precedent affirming a woman's right to an abortion. If this report is accurate, the Supreme Court is poised to inflict the greatest restriction of rights in the past 50 years, not just on women, but on all Americans."
"Under this decision, our children will have less rights than their parents," he said.
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