The Supreme Court confirmed Tuesday the authenticity of a draft leaked yesterday to the press indicating that the Court would repeal Roe V. Wade, which could lead to limitations in abortion, which has been legal almost without limitations since 1973 and announced the opening of an investigation to find out who shared the material.
In a statement, the Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Roberts explained that it is customary for justices to share among themselves and among court employees drafts of future decisions confidentially, something it defined as an essential part of the deliberative process.
He also reiterated that the document, although authentic, is only a draft and therefore does not constitute a decision nor does it reflect the final opinion of any of the nine justices who make up the high court.
Chief Justice Roberts also indicated that he has already ordered the court marshal to open an investigation to determine the origin of the leak, which he called a “betrayal” of trust and accused of having been produced with the aim of undermining the integrity of the functioning of the institution.
The website Politico published on Monday a draft with the majority support of the Supreme Court, signed by Justice Samuel Alito, which would repeal the 1973 ruling known as “Roe v. Wade”.
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Along with Alito, Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett have reportedly agreed to change this decision.