A report on Sunday provided an update on the pressure campaign being waged against the conservative Supreme Court majority that signed on to Justice Samuel Alito’s February draft opinion striking down Roe v. Wade.
The Washington Post reported that as of now, the same five justices who back the ruling have not budged.
But the report also noted that Chief Justice John Roberts is attempting to convince Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh to alter their opinions.
Per Fox News:
The five-vote majority needed in the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey remains intact months after Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked draft majority opinion was written, according to a report.
The leaked draft majority opinion penned by Alito is dated February 10 and has almost certainly changed multiple times in the almost three months since it was written, but three conservative sources close to the Court say that the votes supporting the decision remain unchanged, according to reporting from the Washington Post.
The justices set to join Alito’s opinion include Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett.
But Roberts, “who has at times sided with the liberal wing of the court, still appears set to oppose the decision, with the report noting that Roberts was still attempting to persuade Coney Barrett and Kavanaugh to take a more incremental approach to allowing abortion restrictions,” Fox News added
Not surprisingly, the decision is expected to be opposed by the court’s three bona fide liberal justices. The Fox News report did not indicate whether Roberts was attempting to persuade any of them to compromise.
The Post report comes nearly a week after an unprecedented leak of Alito’s opinion to POLITICO, in which he wrote that Roe was “egregiously” decided.