According to Breitbart News, leftists are, once again, calling for the U.S. Supreme Court to be packed following the recent leak of a decision that would appear to overturn the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade.
What was leaked on Monday by Politico is a draft version of the Supreme Court justices’ ruling in the case in which Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban is being challenged. The draft was written by Justice Samuel Alito, and it appears to overturn Roe as well as Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
“The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion,” the draft reads. “Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives.”
If the decision is authentic, it is exactly what pro-life advocates were hoping for, namely, that the controversial issue of abortion would be returned to the states where the people — rather than a group of unelected judges — can decide through their elected representatives whether or not to make abortion legal. The left, though, has lost its collective mind.
“Pack the court!”
Now, many members of the left are calling for the Supreme Court to be “packed.” In other words, they are calling for additional justices to be added to the court, which would allow President Joe Biden to put more liberal activist-type judges on the bench, eliminating the court’s current conservative majority.
Among those leading the calls is Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA). Markey tweeted:
A stolen, illegitimate, and far-right Supreme Court majority appears set to destroy the right to abortion, an essential right which protects the health, safety, and freedom of millions of Americans. There is no other recourse. We must expand the court.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), on the other hand, called for a different approach.
“Congress must pass legislation that codifies Roe v. Wade as the law of the land in this country NOW,” he tweeted. “And, if there aren’t 60 votes in the Senate to do it, and there are not, we must end the filibuster to pass it with 50 votes.”
“Most unforgivable sin”
Immediately following the leak, barricades went up around the Supreme Court building in D.C.
“Right now: Barricades are up around the Supreme Court building, just minutes after reports from Politico were leaked indicating SCOTUS has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade,” the Washington Examiner’s Cami Mondeaux reported.
SCOTUSblog, the well-known Supreme Court analysis page, put out a statement calling the leak of the decision, which is the first leak of its kind in history, the “most unforgivable sin.”
“It’s impossible to overstate the earthquake this will cause inside the Court, in terms of the destruction of trust among the Justices and staff,” SCOTUSblog tweeted. “This leak is the gravest, most unforgivable sin.”