CNN: John Roberts Worked Up Until Last Minute in Attempt to Flip Conservative Justices on Roe v. Wade Decision
The Supreme Court sided with Mississippi and overturned Roe v Wade in June.
Justice Alito asserted that Roe was “egregiously wrong” and “on a collision course with the Constitution from the day it was decided.”
Abortion laws will now be decided by the states.
“It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives,” the ruling stated.
Many states have ‘trigger bans’ – meaning abortion becomes illegal once Roe v Wade is overturned.
On Tuesday CNN reported on how Chief Justice John Roberts worked up until the last minute in an attempt to flip conservative justices on the Roe v. Wade decision.
This makes you wonder if it was Chief Justice Roberts who leaked the decision to the press months before it was announced hoping to change some minds?
Chief Justice John Roberts privately lobbied fellow conservatives to save the constitutional right to abortion down to the bitter end, but May’s unprecedented leak of a draft opinion reversing Roe v. Wade made the effort all but impossible, multiple sources familiar with negotiations told CNN.
It appears unlikely that Roberts’ best prospect — Justice Brett Kavanaugh — was ever close to switching his earlier vote, despite Roberts’ attempts that continued through the final weeks of the session.
New details obtained by CNN provide insight into the high-stakes internal abortion-rights drama that intensified in late April when justices first learned the draft opinion would soon be published. Serious conflicts over the fate of the 1973 Roe were then accompanied by tensions over an investigation into the source of the leak that included obtaining cell phone data from law clerks and some permanent court employees.
In the past, Roberts himself has switched his vote, or persuaded others to do so, toward middle-ground, institutionalist outcomes, such as saving the Affordable Care Act. It’s a pattern that has generated suspicion among some right-wing justices and conservatives outside the court.
Multiple sources told CNN that Roberts’ overtures this spring, particularly to Kavanaugh, raised fears among conservatives and hope among liberals that the chief could change the outcome in the most closely watched case in decades. Once the draft was published by Politico, conservatives pressed their colleagues to try to hasten release of the final decision, lest anything suddenly threaten their majority.