As SCOTUS Delays Ruling, Pro & Anti Abortion Advocates Bracing For The Worst

By Gil Cohen | Thursday, 23 June 2022 05:15
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The Supreme Court Tuesday again extended the wait for its abortion ruling, which is expected to overturn the federal right to an abortion.

Last month, Politico published a leaked draft opinion that showed the Supreme Court is expected to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that established a federal right to an abortion.

The justices released a series of decisions Tuesday, but not in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. A ruling is set to come by either late June or early July.

Rulings were published Tuesday in the cases Marietta Memorial Hospital Employee Health Benefit Plan v. DaVita Inc., United States v. Taylor, United States v. Washington and Shoop v. Twyford.

The court also released an opinion in the case Carson v. Makin, ruling against a Maine program that provides private school tuition but exempts religious schools. The program provides tuition assistance for students without a local public school to attend private institutions – as long as the funding is not used for religious or "sectarian" teaching. The 6-3 decision was authored by Chief Justice Roberts.

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There are around 13 cases left to be resolved before the court's term ends.

The Dobbs case stems from a dispute over a Mississippi law which bans abortion after 15 weeks. Argued in December, the case is seen as the biggest test yet for how the new 6-3 Republican-appointed majority on the court – capped with the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett in 2020 – will handle major controversial issues.

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As the Supreme Court progresses to complete its ruling in Dobbs and several other cases before its summer recess, the investigation into who leaked the draft opinion by court officials is ongoing.

"To the extent this betrayal of the confidences of the Court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed. The work of the Court will not be affected in any way," Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement in May.

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"This was a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the Court and the community of public servants who work here," he added. "I have directed the Marshal of the Court to launch an investigation into the source of the leak."

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The probe amplified in recent days, a source familiar with it guaranteed to Fox News. Officials were "in the process" of having law writers turn over personal cellphone records and sign affidavits. It was unclear the precise extent and scope of the information being sought of the clerks. Also dark is whether there has been compliance or whether some clerks will oppose and seek legal representation.

Vandals targeted pro-life crisis pregnancy centers across the U.S. since the leak of the draft opinion, and Catholic churches have been threatened and vandalized.

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