Supreme Court Roe v Wade leak was plan to bully Justices but they must not back down

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I once clerked at the Supreme Court. Over the years, I’ve litigated there too, and I’ve never seen anything like the leak of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion in the abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Justice Alito’s draft majority opinion is powerful, overturning Roe and returning the question of abortion to the people. The opinion is everything a constitutionalist could hope for. This leak looks like an effort to derail it, and delegitimize the Court in the process. 

For years now, the left has attempted to change the results in cases by intimidating Supreme Court Justices. In early 2020, Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer blasted the Court from its steps while it was hearing arguments in another abortion case. “I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price,” Senator Schumer raged. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.” 

Chief Justice Roberts took the rare step of responding directly, noting sharply that “threat­en­ing state­ments of this sort from the highest levels of govern­ment are not only inappro­pri­ate, they are danger­ous.” He

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