By Anna Visser, Right to Life of Michigan Director of Communication/Education
Late Monday night, news broke that a draft opinion on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization U.S. Supreme Court case was leaked. The leak disclosed Justice Samuel Alito’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and it was also revealed that four other justices agreed with his opinion as well. This unprecedented leak shocked the nation on both sides of the abortion debate, leaving some feeling hopeful and others feeling worried.
The source of the leak is still unknown, leading Chief Justice Roberts to release a statement promising to investigate the breach. Chief Justice Roberts also confirmed that the draft opinion was authentic.
This egregious leak is the first time in modern history that a draft opinion has gone public. We do not know the intentions behind the breach, how it impacts the Dobbs case, or how future Supreme Court cases will be affected.
These questions do not take away from the excitement and optimism that Roe v. Wade could be nearing its end. We have waited 50 long years for this exact moment—all of our hard work to protect human rights and the unborn could be paid off in a matter of days. Still, nothing is certain, we have seen in the past when justices fall under the pressure of protesters or opponents, but we are hopeful that they will stay strong and do the right thing.
With this new development, we must take this opportunity to use any time, resources, and energy that is left after 50 years to fight against the anything-goes abortion amendment in Michigan and Governor Whitmer’s lawsuit against Michigan’s existing abortion ban. These challenges are last-ditch efforts by the Abortion Industry to invalidate our long-standing law and take away human rights.
If you haven’t already, please go to the Citizens to Support Michigan Women and Children coalition website to find out what you can do to fight for the unborn.
To find out how we are fighting the Planned Parenthood and Governor Whitmer’s lawsuits, check out the press releases from Alliance Defending Freedom which is representing us and the Michigan Catholic Conference.