In what is being called a "historic breach of SCOTUS protocol," Politico recently published Justice Samuel Alito's leaked draft opinion on Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health Organization – a high-profile abortion-related case out of Mississippi that the court is expected to rule on by the end of June.
"Roe [v. Wade] was egregiously wrong from the start …. We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled … It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people's elected representatives," the document reads in part.
If the U.S. Supreme Court decides to do as a leaked draft ruling indicates, then Roe vs. Wade, the decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. nearly 50 years ago, will be overturned when the court releases its decision. That would put the states in charge of establishing their own policies on the life issue.
But Carol Tobias of the National Right to Life Committee believes the main focus should remain on Washington, D.C.
"The U.S. Congress is a serious threat," she asserts. "There will be efforts to get rid of the filibuster, to pass a national law, to add more justices to the court. We've got a long battle ahead."
Introducing a bill in Congress to permit abortion in any fashion and up to the moment of birth is already in the works. If such a measure is approved, then that would wipe out any existing state pro-life laws.
"Our opponents in this are deadly serious about keeping abortion legal, and they are not going to give up, so we cannot give up," Tobias says. "We cannot sit back. We have to do everything we can to just keep moving forward."
Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, thinks the leak was clearly designed to frighten the justices out of voting to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
"This is not the way America has ever worked or is supposed to work," Spencer contends. "This is supposed to be a country governed by the rule of law, in which there is respect for the opposition. But all that's changing. The left is incredibly fanatical."
He says the so-called right to kill babies in the womb is at the center of the entire leftist worldview, and they want to prevent the states that would outlaw the practice from doing so.
"They've got to have children killed; this is a fundamental aspect of their worldview," Spencer submits. "I think that it's actually at the center of their worldview in the first place that they are god. They have power over life and death. They can remake reality any way they want, and they are the ones who are defining what reality is."
He believes that all started with their insistence that the child in the womb is not a human being.