U.S Supreme Court set to overturn settled law Roe vs. Wade
An appointment to the United States Supreme court is the pinnacle of every lawyer coming out of law school, but only a select few will get that opportunity. In its 233 years, there have only been 133 justices, and all but five have been a woman. And with the recent confirmation of Justice Jackson as the first Black woman to be appointed to the court and only the second person of colour, one can appreciate the rarity of such a lifetime appointment.
Traditionally, nominees to serve on the Supreme Court are chosen for their qualifications and ability to be fair and impartial, which means a speedy confirmation process by the US Senate. And for the vast majority of those justices, they have garnered bipartisan support.
However, since the historic ruling of Roe vs. Wade in 1973, giving women the right to have an abortion, justices have been chosen based on their opinions and beliefs if they align with the current US president.
Pro-choice Presidents tend to appoint justices who will not overturn the settled law of Roe vs. Wade. Whereas Conservative Presidents will appoint staunch conservative judges with the hope of one day having a balance of power and overturning Roe vs. Wade
That day has come in a recent leak of the first draft opinion by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, indicating the courts were aggressively wrong in their decision in 1973. The opinion infers the court has already voted to overturn what they all said was a settled law during their confirmation.
“This was a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the Court and the community of public servants who work here,” Roberts said in a statement.
Suppose anyone has worked in government at the highest level, which involves keeping state secrets and the affairs of the Supreme Court; you will know there are no leaks in government.
If the government does not want you to know something, you will not know, and that’s a confirmed fact. The release of Justice Alito’s opinion may be the court’s way of testing the waters to see how the country would react if Roe vs. Wade gets overturned.
And should it indeed be overturned, all the justices that said Roe vs. Wade is settled law during their confirmation hearing have lost credibility and should be charged with perjury.
“is settled as a precedent of the Supreme Court” and had been “reaffirmed many times,” Said Justice Brett Kavanaugh
“I would tell you that Roe v. Wade, decided in 1973, is a precedent of the United States Supreme Court. It has been reaffirmed,” Said Justice Neil Gorsuch
Justices Coney Barrett, Alito, and Thomas all skirted around the question when asked during their confirmation hearing, as they are staunch believers the law needs to be struck down.
Alito’s leaked opinion and the justice’s willingness to perjure themselves during their confirmation hearing have given Americans another reason not to trust the court system. This is problematic, being they are the highest court in the nation, and justices serving on the court are lifetime appointments.
Without the approval of two-thirds of Congress, a sitting supreme court justice can not be fired or removed.