- An early majority draft opinion showed that five justices may be ready to strike down Roe v. Wade
- ‘Play with fire, burn yourself. Do not say that we did not notify you, ‘warns Anonymous to the Supreme
- Chief Justice John Roberts will investigate how the draft ruling was leaked
Hacking collective Anonymous has warned the US Supreme Court not to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade, adding that he can “burn out” if he does.
In a Twitter post published Tuesday, Anonymous said the Supreme Court and Republicans should “expect” some sort of retaliation if they reverse Roe v. Wade. The landmark decision was made in 1973 when the Supreme Court ruled that governments lacked the power to ban abortions and that a woman had the right to terminate her pregnancy within the first three months of gestation.
“Overturning Roe v Wade is not going to be what SCOTUS or the GOP think it will be. Play with fire, get burned. Don’t say we didn’t warn you,” the hacker collective wrote. “Expect us.”
Anonymous’s warning comes after an initial draft majority opinion written by Judge Samuel Alito on Roe v. Wade. The draft opinion showed that the court voted to overturn the 1973 decision.
“Roe was terribly wrong from the start,” Alito wrote in the draft opinion, a copy of which was obtained by politician. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the elected representatives of the people.”
It is unclear how the draft opinion first circulated in court. However, Chief Justice John Roberts said they will investigate the leak, calling the episode an “egregious breach” of trust.
“This was a singular and egregious violation of that trust which is an affront to the Court and to the community of public servants who work here. I have directed the Court bailiff to launch an investigation into the source of the leak,” Roberts said. in a statement issued Tuesday.
Currently, it appears that five justices would vote to strike down Roe v. Wade, including Alito, and Judges Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett.
If the Supreme Court overturns the landmark decision, US states would have the power to restrict or ban abortion. According to the Guttmacher Institute, at least 21 states have laws that could outright ban or drastically restrict access to abortions.
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