The majority needed to overturn Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court appears to remain intact despite Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion being leaked, according to a report.
The Washington Post shared that the five votes necessary look to remain solid for an overturn of the long-time precedent.
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In addition to Alito, those supporting an overturn of Roe include Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
The three liberal justices are certain to remain opposed to changing the precedent.
“To the extent this betrayal of the confidences of the Court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed,” Roberts said in a statement last week. “The work of the Court will not be affected in any way.”
To the states
The ruling would not outlaw abortion nationwide. Instead, the ruling is set to return decisions regarding abortion to the states, which can then make laws as they see fit.
Up to 26 states could enact laws with greater restrictions on abortion. Texas has a six-week fetal heartbeat law restriction.
Mississippi, whose case is the one under consideration by the court, currently has a 15-week abortion ban law.
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Over a dozen laws have some type of trigger law. This means the states have stricter laws against abortion that would go into effect if Roe is overturned.
The ruling is expected by June, with some states already prepared with new legislation as the ruling to overturn Roe is anticipated. The future of the pro-life movement will start a new era, with states becoming the new primary battleground for laws related to abortion.