Late on Monday evening, May 2, Politico broke a world-shattering story: it posted an exclusive leak of a purported majority opinion in Dobbs v. Mississippi (2022), the case considering whether or not Roe v. Wade (1973), which created out of whole cloth a right to abortion, ought to be overruled.
That majority opinion was written by Justice Samuel Alito; it rejected in totality both Roe and the entire chain of cases following therefrom, including Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992). The draft decision states:
It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives…This is what the Constitution and the rule of law demand.
The draft opinion, which is almost certainly authentic – it reads like Justice Alito, and utterly dismantles the legal non-reasoning of Roe and Casey – would amount to a