POV: What Rights Could Unravel Next, in Light of Draft Opinion by SCOTUS Overturning Roe v. Wade

Robert L. Tsai, Boston University School of Law


By now, Americans have learned of the disclosure of a draft US Supreme Court opinion by Justice Samuel Alito that erases Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood from the court’s jurisprudence—and with them, a pregnant person’s constitutional right to reproductive autonomy. There are reports that Chief Justice John Roberts initially voted against overruling precedent, but wanted to find a way to uphold the Mississippi law at the heart of the case, which bans abortion after 15 weeks, and now plans to dissent.