After House Republicans officially reclaim control of the lower chamber of Congress next year, they will investigate the leak of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
Eight months after the leak and an internal Supreme Court investigation, there is still no word on who gave a draft of the Dobbs decision to a news outlet, which enraged Republicans and helped fire up liberals against the expected decision.
Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, a pro-life Republican expected to become chairman of the Judiciary Committee, says he plans to investigate both the leak and the subsequent violence against churches, pregnancy centers and pro-life groups.
“Dozens and dozens of churches were attacked, dozens and dozens of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers were attacked, protests occurred at Supreme Court justices’ homes, and there was an assassination attempt on Justice Kavanaugh. But to date, in this Congress, not one hearing in the House Judiciary Committee about that leak. Not one hearing,” Jordan said.
“The whole process has been really mystifying,” said Carrie Severino, president of Judicial Crisis Network and a former clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas.
Ms. Severino said the GOP leaders on the House Judiciary Committee could potentially quiz some of the justices about the ongoing leak investigation during a hearing in the upcoming Congress when they appear before lawmakers about funding needs of the judiciary.
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“Once a year a select group of the justices come and testify about the funding needs of the judicial branches and I think that would be the opportunity they have to ask questions,” she said.
Chief Justice Roberts tapped Supreme Court Marshal Gail Curley days after the leak in May to lead the investigation. A former Army lawyer and colonel who oversees the court grounds and security, Ms. Curley had been in the job less than a year when tasked with the probe.
The court, though, hasn’t issued an update from the chief justice or Ms. Curley.
As LifeNews reported, the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, with a 6-3 majority ruling in the Dobbs case that “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion” — allowing states to ban abortions and protect unborn babies. The high court also ruled 6-3 uphold the Mississippi 15-week abortion ban so states can further limit abortions and to get rid of the false viability standard.
Chief Justice John Roberts technically voted for the judgment but, in his concurring opinion, disagreed with the reasoning and said he wanted to keep abortions legal but with a new standard.
“Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Alito wrote. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”
Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer authored a joint dissent condemning the decision as enabling states to enact “draconian” restrictions on women.
Polls show Americans are pro-life on abortion and a new national poll shows 75% of Americans essentially agree with the Supreme Court overturning Roe.
Despite false reports that abortion bans would prevent doctors from treating pregnant women for miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies, pro-life doctors confirm that is not the case. Some 35 states have laws making it clear that miscarriage is not abortion and every state with an abortion ban allows treatment for both.
Currently, 14 states ban abortions and another 8 states are fighting for their abortion bans in court. Another three states are expected to pass abortion bans next year.