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Where are the other draft opinions in SCOTUS abortion case? So far, there are none, report says

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade is the only draft opinion circulating in the abortion case, according to a report by Politico.

So far, no conservative justice who agreed with Alito has switched their vote, Politico reports. No second draft has been distributed, which usually happens in response to the arguments. Nor have any dissenting justices circulated a draft opinion.

Politico did not identify the source for its information.

The justices are facing “one of the greatest crises in modern Supreme Court history, with an internal leak investigation under way, an agitated nation focused on whether the constitutional right to abortion is about to be overturned, and some justices facing angry protests at their homes,” according to Politico.

Protests have happened outside the homes of Alito and Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts, even though Roberts is not thought to have joined Alito’s opinion, the Washington Post reports in an op-ed.

The Washington Post column said the protests are illegal under Section 1507 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code. The law says it is unlawful to protest near homes of judges, jurors, witnesses or court officers with the intent of influencing their discharge of duty.

A bill that passed the U.S. Senate on Monday would extend security protection to justices’ immediate families if the protection is deemed necessary, report the Associated Press and Axios.

Steps have already been taken to increase security around individual justices and at their homes, according to sources who spoke with ABC News.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: “What does the original Roe v. Wade really say?”

ABAJournal.com: “In ‘devastating blow’ to abortion rights, top Texas court stymies suit to overturn restrictive law”

ABAJournal.com: “Supreme Court allows abortion providers to sue over Texas law but keeps law intact for now”

ABAJournal.com: “Chemerinsky: Ruling in abortion cases will greatly affect women’s lives but won’t end controversy”

ABAJournal.com: “ABA urges Supreme Court to rule US can sue to block unconstitutional Texas abortion law”

ABAJournal.com: “Idaho lawmakers pass abortion bill copying Texas; what can abortion-rights states do?”

ABAJournal.com: “What is the potential impact of the abortion case before the Supreme Court?”

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