Please don’t fill the opinion section with articles about abortion, not yet – Le Crieur de Saint Anselme

In a shocking and never-before-seen leak from the Supreme Court, a first opinion regarding Roe v. Wade was revealed. The draft, authored by Judge Samuel A. Alito, outlines the court’s decision to allow the issue of abortion to be left to state legislatures. However, this is only a preliminary draft and the final decision should not be published for at least a month. Many things can change in the coming months, both politically and ideologically. We have entrusted our highest interpretation of the law to nine human individuals, who indeed have the capacity to be fickle. However, this preliminary draft seems to show the tendency of the court.

So some may wonder, does Roe v. Wade got canceled? The short answer, pending the official court ruling, is yes. The long answer is, you guessed it, a bit more complicated. The Supreme Court took a position of legal arbiter rather than appellant. The Roe v. Wade shook up abortion laws across the country and became about as confusing as any political issue can get in the United States (see previous issues of The Crier for more details). In this new decision, the court aims to circumvent the legislative process. The annulment of Roe v. Wade won’t suddenly make abortions illegal nationwide, as the reverse happened when the original ruling was made. Instead, the court opted to allow each state to determine the legality of abortions on its own. In a refreshing change of tone for Washington DC, the Supreme Court has taken its hand off politics and can let the people decide what is best for themselves.

This preliminary decision, however, seems to have been approved by the judges with very narrow margins. Justices Alito, Thomas, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett voted in favor of the opinion. Justices Bryer, Sotomayor and Kagan dissented, and it remains unclear how Chief Justice Roberts plans to vote on the matter. For this decision, therefore, the best-case scenario is a shaky 6-3 vote, while the worst-case scenario would be an incredibly small 5-4 majority. That’s all, of course, assuming no judge switches sides before the official decision. If the decision comes down to a 5-4 split, it would not be out of the question for pro-choice politicians to overturn this latest decision in the near future. It would only take the loss of one conservative seat in the next two years of the Biden administration for this debate to suddenly go 5-4 against, so I’m sure the conservative justices are battening down the hatches at this point.

Either way, the issue of abortion will continue to be misleading. If Roe v. Wade is confirmed, pro-life citizens will continue their advocacy for the sanctity of human life. If the case is overturned, pro-choice citizens will continue to fight for women’s rights to self-determination. Even in the best-case scenario, if the court adopts this decision to leave the debate to the states, it just means the fight will be taken off the steps of the Supreme Court and onto the streets of 50 separate state capitals.

This is all just speculation, however. The Supreme Court has yet to issue its official decision, and until then, there isn’t much to say for the pro-choice or pro-life sides of the debate. While advocacy is always important to both groups before and after the ruling, there isn’t much more to say until the ungreased wheels of the Federal Court finally give us a notice. At that point, I know there will still be more debate on this issue, but until then, I will quote one of the greatest cinematic masterpieces of our time, “Hold…hold…hold …… take !” (William Wallace, Brave heart1995).