Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) suspects that the leaked draft of the Supreme Court's decision regarding Roe v. Wade may be an attempt to change the results.
Hawley said the leak to Politico reporting the high court's apparent decision to overturn Roe, a five-decade-old ruling finding a constitutional right to privacy that extends to abortion access, with its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, an abortion case argued before the justices this term, was a stunt aimed at reversing the outcome.
"I have to tell you — it sounds real to me," Hawley told Fox News's Sean Hannity. "I think it’s plainly an attempt by the Left to try and change the outcome in this case and corrupt the process, and the court must not allow that to happen."
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Hawley emphasized that the ethical transgressions associated with the apparent leak were unprecedented in the Supreme Court's history.
"This is an unprecedented breach of the court's confidentiality, and it is plainly meant to corrupt the process within a court," he said. "It’s an assault on the court, Sean, and it’s got to be taken seriously."
Hawley maintained that the Constitution was "silent" on abortion and that it should be left to the states to decide.
Roe, along with the 1992 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, "must be overruled," according to the leaked majority opinion as written by Justice Samuel Alito.
"It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people's elected representatives," he added.
Chief Justice John Roberts will have "a lot of work to do" Tuesday to determine the identity of the leaker, Hawley said.
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The leak attracted immediate backlash from supporters of widespread access to abortion, prompting officials to erect barricades around the Supreme Court ahead of a planned rally at midnight, just hours after the report was published.
The court's ruling will not become law until it is published, which will likely occur as the justices near the end of their term this summer.