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Shock waves as leak shows Supreme Court poised to nullify Roe v. Wade and abortion rights

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Demonstrators protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court early Tuesday, May 3, 2022, after Politico obtained a draft opinion showing the justices are poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide. Whatever the outcome, the leak represents an extremely rare breach of the court's secretive deliberation process, and on a case of surpassing importance. Jose Luis Magana / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally posted on The Dallas Morning News: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2022/05/03/shockwaves-as-supreme-court-poised-to-scrap-roe-vs-wade-abortion-rights-but-little-shock/

WASHINGTON — Abortion foes have spent a half-century trying to overturn Roe v. Wade. And as conservatives wrested control of the Supreme Court, Roe’s defenders have warned with growing urgency that reproductive rights are teetering. But even if you know an earthquake is coming, it’s still an earthquake.

The leak showing that a five-justice majority is poised to end constitutional protection for abortion rights nationwide unleashed an uproar such as the legal and political worlds have not seen in generations. 

“A woman’s right to choose is fundamental, Roe has been the law of the land for almost 50 years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned,” President Joe Biden said Tuesday. And yet it probably will be, which triggered rejoicing and alarm in roughly equal measure since Politico obtained the explosive draft and published it Monday night. The shock waves were immediate and immense, touching off a tsunami of crowdsourced dissent along with a deafening chorus of hallelujahs.

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