Supreme Court Majority Says It Couldn't Let Potential Backlash Affect Their Decision On Abortion
Added 06-24-22 02:16:01pm EST - “The Supreme Court Majority said it could not let the threat of public backlash influence their decision making in the case that overturned Roe v. Wade.” - Dailycaller.com
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The Supreme Court majority in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision said it could not let the threat of public backlash influence their decision making in the case that overturned Roe v. Wade.
The high court ruled Friday in a 6-3 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. A draft opinion of the decision was leaked in May and has triggered a string of protests and threats against the justices.
Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito said despite the possibility of backlash, the court could not let that influence its job.
“26 States expressly ask us to overrule Roe and Casey and to return the issue of abortion to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote. “This Court’s inability to end debate on the issue should not have been surprising. This Court cannot bring about the permanent resolution of a rancorous national controversy simply by dictating a settlement and telling people to move on. Whatever influence the Court may have on public attitudes must stem from the strength of our opinions, not an attempt to exercise ‘raw judicial power.'”
“We do not pretend to know how our political system or society will respond to today’s decision overruling Roe and Casey,” Alito wrote. “And even if we could foresee what will happen, we would have no authority to let that knowledge influence our decision. We can only do our job, which is to interpret the law, apply longstanding principles of stare decisis, and decide this case accordingly.”
— Ramesh Ponnuru (@RameshPonnuru) June 17, 2022
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