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RLCC Statement on Leak of Draft Supreme Court Opinion

Earlier this week, a draft opinion for the Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was leaked to the press. The draft was written by Justice Samuel Alito, and it reportedly represents the views of a majority of the Court. This opinion, if adopted, would firmly and decisively overturn Roe v. Wade and its succeeding cases, allowing states and Congress to regulate abortion freely.

This is a draft, and does not yet represent the final opinion of the Court. However, it strongly indicates that the Court is poised to overturn its 1973 decision Roe v. Wade, one of the worst injustices in American history. Roe overrode the laws of all 50 states, imposing upon the whole nation the most radically permissive regime of abortion laws possible. In conjunction with its sister case Doe v. BoltonRoe mandated that abortion be legal for all nine months of pregnancy, and for any reason. This has led to the abortion of approximately 60 million children in America since 1973.

We at Right to Life are hopeful that this magnificent draft opinion by Justice Alito will indeed be the basis of the ultimate controlling, majority opinion, and that Roe will end. Please stay tuned to RLCC’s social media platforms, media outlets, and website for more information and insight as this story develops.

John Gerardi

Executive Director, Right to Life of Central California

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Doe v. Bolton

In the latest video in our Right to Life Classroom series, RLCC Executive Director John Gerardi talks about Roe v. Wade’s sister case, Doe v. Bolton. While Roe allowed abortion to be restricted later in pregnancy, it required an exception for cases where a woman’s “health” was threatened by the pregnancy. Doe v. Bolton defined the term “health” so broadly that it encompasses literally every pregnancy. This means that every unintended pregnancy would fall under its exception, and that states and the federal government cannot effectively ban abortion even in the third trimester. Join John Gerardi as he describes how the upcoming Supreme Court case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, could change that standard.