Ever since an unprecedented draft copy of an impending Supreme Court decision on abortion was leaked in early May, Americans have been anxiously waiting to find out whether the court has actually struck down 1973’s Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing the procedures.
Everyone will have to wait a little bit longer as the Supreme Court has once again delayed in issuing its final opinion on the matter of abortion, the Conservative Brief reported.
The case that has garnered so much attention is known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and it deals with a challenged Mississippi law that bans most abortions in the state after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Dobbs decision delayed again
Fox News reported that the Supreme Court issued five final rulings Tuesday, but the Dobbs decision was not among those released.
Time is running short until the conclusion of the court’s term in early July, however, and with only around 13 cases left to be decided for the session, there are only a handful of opinion release days left on the calendar during which the abortion case ruling will be published.
Meanwhile, as the court likely finalizes the last details of the consequential Dobbs ruling, an investigation ordered by Chief Justice John Roberts into the origin of the unprecedented leak remains ongoing.
Likewise, angry pro-abortion advocates continue to stage likely illegal protests outside the private homes of Republican-appointed justices in an unmistakable effort to intimidate and manipulate them, and one man is even facing attempted murder charges following an admitted failed bid to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Potential compromise in the works?
There has been much speculation as to the meaning of the delay and timing of the release of the Dobbs opinion, though the most obvious possibility is that it is simply being held for last since it is arguably the most impactful decision of the term.
However, Politico recently suggested that the delay could be due to last-minute wrangling among the justices on an alleged compromise position pursued by Chief Justice Roberts.
The outlet noted that Roberts has a history, especially in recent years, of seeking out a centrist position and issuing narrow rulings with limited impact rather than broadly sweeping opinions that upset the status quo.
In this case, it is thought that Roberts could be attempting to convince a few of his Republican-appointed colleagues — such as Justices Kavanaugh or Amy Coney Barrett — to “thread the needle” by deciding to uphold the Mississippi law without actually overturning the precedent set by Roe nearly 50 years ago.
While that is certainly possible, it nevertheless seems unlikely, and the odds appear greater that the court will, in fact, upend Roe and rule in favor of Dobbs, leaving it up to Roberts to merely determine whether to join with the conservatives for a 6-3 ruling or his liberal colleagues for a 5-4 decision in the coming weeks.