Supreme Court Justices set to meet for first time since draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked as protesters target homes of all six-GOP appointed judges in ‘Walk-by-Wednesday’ demonstration
The nine justices of the Supreme Court are scheduled to meet on Thursday – the first time they will gather in person since a draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked.
As the justices gather for their private, closed-door conference, there is no sign the court is changing course from issuing that ruling – written by Justice Samuel Alito – despite heavy public pressure.
Protests have sprung up around the country, including at the homes of the justices.
One abortion rights group is planning protests outside the homes of all six Republican-appointed justices – Justices John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and Alito – in what the group is calling ‘Walk-by Wednesday.’
Still, Alito’s opinion, which overturns the landmark case that made abortion legal in the country, remains the only circulated draft pending, Politico reported.
The nine justices of the Supreme Court are scheduled to meet on Thursday – the first time they will gather in person since a draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked
Pro-abortion rights advocates stage a protest outside the house of Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito
Demonstrators show support for Justice Samual Alito outside his home
Additionally, none of the conservative justices who initially sided with Alito have to date switched their votes. And there are no dissenting draft opinions making the rounds from any other justice, including the three liberals on the court.
‘This is the most serious assault on the court, perhaps from within, that the Supreme Court’s ever experienced,’ a person close to the court’s conservatives told Politico. ‘It’s an understatement to say they are heavily, heavily burdened by this.’
The draft opinion could change before the court formally unveils its ruling in the Mississippi abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, at the end of its term in late June or early July.
Many are watching Roberts, wondering what he will do in his role as Chief Justice, and seeing this case as the biggest test of his leadership.
He could try to get one of the other conservative justices to withdraw their support from Alito’s opinion and join him in a more centrist opinion that wouldn’t formally overturn Roe but would uphold Mississippi’s 15-week cut off for performing most abortions.
That would maintain some federal guarantee of abortion rights. Overturning Roe would return the abortion issue to the states, letting each one make their own law.
The leak of the draft opinion caused shock waves throughout the nation. Tensions between both sides on the abortion debate have skyrocketed.
Anti-demonstration fences have gone up around the Supreme Court building.
Justices’ houses are being targeted.
Many are watching John Roberts, wondering what he will do in his role as Chief Justice, and seeing this abortion case as the biggest test of his leadership
Demonstrators in support of reproductive rights march to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh
Tensions around abortion debate have skyrocketed with protests taking place around the nation
The Senate on Wednesday will vote on codifying abortion rights into federal law but Majority Leader Chuck Schumer doesn’t have the votes to overcome a Republican filibuster.
But Schumer is using the vote to make a political point.
‘We are making sure that every senator will have to vote and every American will see how they voted,’ he said, adding that he believed Republicans ‘will suffer the consequences electorally when the American people see that.’