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The majority of the Supreme Court of the United States leans towards repealing abortion, according to a draft

The Supreme Court of the United States would have voted privately to annul the historic ruling of ‘Roe versus Wade’, which recognized for the first time the right of women to abortion without restrictions during the first trimester of pregnancy, a legal precedent that has been used in the country since 1973, according to the unusual leak of a draft of the highest judicial instance published this Monday by the Politico portal.

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This medium cites a draft with the majority opinion of the Supreme Court, signed by Judge Samuel Alito. Together with Alito, Judges Clarence Thomas and the three proposed for the highest court by former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) would have agreed to revoke the right to abortion in the country: Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.

The country’s highest court has six conservative and three liberal judges.

In the United States, there is no national law that guarantees the freedom to terminate a pregnancy, and that right rests solely on this 1973 ruling. Therefore, if that precedent were nullified or undermined, tens of millions of people of reproductive age around the world country would be affected.

Official verdict in June

“It is time to abide by the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the elected representatives of the people,” the document states. Being a draft, however, the decision could still change and an official verdict is not expected until June.

The leaking of a Supreme Court decision on such a controversial and still under discussion issue is an unprecedented event in recent US history.

Abortion has been legal in the US since the Supreme Court ruled in 1973 that the State has no right to intervene in a woman’s decision about her pregnancy.

In the past decade, numerous conservative-led states have passed rules that blatantly violate those parameters, with the stated goal of getting the Supreme Court to review and overturn nearly half-century-old precedent.

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