🇺🇸 Bench Breach
May 4, 2022

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Deep Dive on Leaked Opinion, Pope and Putin, Record Job Quits


US: Five takeaways from the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion (The Hill)

World: Pope offers to meet Putin, still waiting to hear back (ABC)

US: Job openings climb to fresh high in March as record number of Americans quit their job (Fox Business)

US: Who Is Gail A. Curley? Supreme Court Marshal Who Will Investigate Leak (Newsweek)

World: Russia planning to annex new areas of Ukraine, U.S. intelligence finds (WaPo)

US: Biden on leaked Supreme Court abortion opinion: 'A radical decision' (Yahoo)

US: Wild fox wreaks havoc at Smithsonian National Zoo, leaving 25 flamingos, 1 duck dead (Fox News)

US: Abortion to become key fight in US midterms after stunning court leak (The Guardian)

US: DeSantis Compares Unprecedented Supreme Court Abortion Leak To A ‘Judicial Insurrection’ (Daily Wire)

US: SEC nearly doubles crypto enforcement unit, citing fraud risk in booming market (The Verge)

US: Female guard was in 'special relationship' with 6ft 9in 'monster' she helped escape Alabama prison (Daily Mail)

SCOTUS

Bench Breach

Monday evening, POLITICO published a report saying the Supreme Court planned to overturn Roe v. Wade. The same article contained a leaked draft of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

News Coverage from the Left: After leak of draft abortion decision, advocates react with emotion (Washington Post)

News Coverage from the Right: Kristi Noem vows to secure 'right to life' for the unborn if Supreme Court does overturn Roe v. Wade (Fox News)

From the Flag: With the draft dominating headlines, commentary has addressed the leak itself, abortion, and Roe v. Wade. Last week we did a deep dive on new state laws concerning abortion. Here’s the latest from both sides.

RIGHT-LEANING SENTIMENT

An Attempt at Intimidation, and a Fitting Violation of Privacy


  • The goal behind leaking the draft was to hopefully intimidate the court’s conservative majority and cause Roe v. Wade to be upheld through threats of violence and destructive chaos.
  • A left-leaning court employee likely leaked the draft, showing progressives are willing to torch all norms and decorum in order to get their way.
  • It’s truly fascinating Roe v. Wade was based on a right to privacy, given the private nature of Supreme Court deliberations was upended by this leaked draft.

“Draft Supreme Court Majority Opinion Leaks STRIKING DOWN Roe v. Wade. Here’s What All Of That Means.” Ben Shapiro, Daily Wire Opinion: “The draft opinion, which is almost certainly authentic … would amount to a reversion of all abortion law to the state level, where it originally resided. But there is another issue, here, too: who leaked the draft decision? This is not an ancillary issue … The attempt to leverage public pressure against the justices is an attempt to strangle the Alito majority opinion in the crib, to generate fractures on the Court. Were the final Court decision to depart widely from Alito’s draft now, it would be crystal clear that public pressure played the main role. And that is the reason the draft was leaked. The Supreme Court, which supposedly is above petty politics, will now be subjected to a tsunami of threats from a snarling left-wing enraged by the prospect of restrictions on killing in the womb.”

“On Roe: Thank You, Donald Trump” Rod Dreher, The American Conservative: “We cannot have the inner workings of the Supreme Court turned into a partisan football. If I am correct to guess that this leak emerged from the Court’s left flank, then this is probably another example of how the Left believes that when its core interests are threatened, it has no obligation to play by settled rules. You might recall that a liberal journalist told me last year that the election in 2016 of Donald Trump was such a shocking event to the media class that they concluded they had no obligation to strive to live by the standard rules of professional fairness in reporting. We see this everywhere that wokeness has come to power: old-fashioned liberal rules of fair play, free speech, and the like are construed as nothing more than a cover for evil people to impose their power on the oppressed.”

One more opinion piece from the Right: A decision based on ‘privacy’ leads to the end of privacy at the United States Supreme Court David Zukerman, American Thinker

LEFT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Anger and Outcry Won’t Make a Difference as SCOTUS has Roe in Sights


  • It’s likely this draft is legit and signals the end of Roe v. Wade, as even public outcry and negative blowback won’t change the conservative majority’s thinking.
  • While the right to have an abortion should be viewed as established law, increasing access to birth control is also important, despite Republican opposition.
  • As the Supreme Court prepares to plunge America into the neo-Dark Ages, it could have been avoided: if Ruth Bader Ginsburg had retired when former President Obama was in office.

“Yes, the Theocrats on the Court Really Are Going to Overturn Roe v. Wade” Elie Mystal, The Nation: “Forced-birth advocates are finally about to achieve something they’ve worked toward for decades. It now appears certain that the Supreme Court will revoke abortion rights and return pregnant people to the status of second-class citizens: mere incubators who lack the right to control the fate of their own bodies. … It’s highly unusual for a Supreme Court opinion to be leaked before it is released. It’s so unusual that nobody can say for certain how close this draft opinion is to being a reality. … The only other question then is whether one of the five conservatives will blink in the face of public reaction. I do not think that is likely. … They won’t back down now. Anything short of a riot is unlikely to make the justices think twice about upending 50 years of judicial precedent.”

“What American Mothers Really Need” Margaret Renkl, New York Times Op-ed: “I’ve been watching anti-abortion bills sweep the red states this season, and it occurs to me that the week of Mother’s Day might be a good time for a red-state mother like me to weigh in. … First, a reminder: Women ended unwanted pregnancies long before Roe v. Wade made abortion safe and legal in the United States, and women will continue to do so even if Roe is overturned. During the 1950s and ’60s, before reliable birth control became widely available, between 200,000 and 1.2 million women illegally ended unwanted pregnancies in the United States each year. To make a real difference in the abortion rate, birth control needs to be affordable and easy to obtain. Instead, our legislators consistently fight to protect employers and insurance companies that want to opt out of paying for birth control in health care plans.”

One more opinion piece from the Left: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Could Probably Have Saved Roe by Retiring Danielle Moodie, Daily Beast

FLAG THIS

How Americans’ Opinions Have Changed Since Roe v. Wade


A live poll conducted yesterday found 60% of respondents felt Roe v. Wade should not be overturned, while 38% said it should, and 2% weren't sure.

The same survey determined 51% want abortion rights handled at the federal level, while 36% preferred state laws (YouGov).

Meanwhile, in a separate poll from last year 49% identified as pro-choice, while 47% said they were pro-life. In 1975, the same poll reported 56% classified themselves as pro-choice while 33% said they were pro-life (Gallup).

Flag Poll: Do you support Roe v. Wade being overturned? Join our discussion here.

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