A group of about 25 pro-choice activists assembled in front of Schuylkill County Courthouse in Pottsville Tuesday evening.
Their rally was inspired by mainstream media reports confirming a leak from the Supreme Court of the United States indicating the high court would overturn Roe v. Wade, which granted rights to women to seek an abortion to terminate a pregnancy.
Chief Justice John Roberts reportedly confirmed the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion is true but that it’s just a draft. The Court is investigating how this draft opinion was leaked.
Roberts said in a statement from the Court, “To the extent this betrayal of the confidences of the Court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed. The work of the Court will not be affected in any way.”
The Court’s draft opinion reads, “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overturned,” according to Politico, which broke the story on the leak.
Meanwhile, abortion rights advocates, like the two dozen or so from Schuylkill Indivisible, which organized Tuesday’s rally at the Courthouse, wonder what’s next.
Abortion Rights Advocates Assemble in Pottsville Following Supreme Court Leak
“I think it’s very possible that contraception might be next,” Lisa Von Ahn, who helped organize Tuesday’s rally for Schuylkill Indivisible, said outside the Courthouse. “It’s shocking to me.”
The group of protestors in Pottsville assembled as they have numerous times over the last couple years. They were led in chants that demonstrated how they felt about the Supreme Court’s presumed impending decision.
If the Supreme Court does ultimately vote to reverse Roe v. Wade, it wouldn’t ban abortions altogether. Instead, states would most likely decide on their own whether or not the practice is legal. According to a failing New York Times report, about half the states in the US would enact some level of prohibition on abortions.
On Tuesday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said he wouldn’t allow a ban on abortions as long as he’s in office. His term expires at the end of the year.
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