Justice Samuel Alito canceled a planned appearance in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday, just days after the disclosure of his draft opinion showed that the Supreme Court has voted to strike down Roe v. Wade.
The justice was scheduled to speak at the Fifth Circuit’s Annual Conference but instead recorded a brief video for attendees. He said he was “very much looking forward to visiting,” according to Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law, who published a blog post about the cancellation.
“Unfortunately personal attendance became impractical, and I apologize,” Alito said, according to Blackman’s post.
The draft opinion published by POLITICO sparked outrage across the country this week, as Americans anticipated the court’s reversal of the 1973 landmark decision. Fifty percent of voters oppose overturning Roe v. Wade, according to a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll published this week.