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John Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, justified the decision of the Court in the midst of criticism for overturning the ruling of the Roe v. Wade landmark case, claiming that the SC is only acting in line with its interpretation of the Constitution and that the general populace should not question its purpose just because they disapprove with its decision.
Roberts contends that after the Supreme Court’s controversial overturn of the Roe decision, which gave women the right to an abortion under federal law, people made a mistake by beginning to doubt its authority. Roberts did not identify persons or groups but urged critics to hold off because the SC did nothing more than utilizing its authority.
“If the Court doesn’t retain its legitimate function of interpreting the Constitution, I’m not sure who would take up that mantle. You don’t want the political branches telling you what the law is, and you don’t want public opinion to be the guide about what the appropriate decision is,” explained Roberts in an interview.
Roberts claimed that when the litigation first began, they encountered challenges managing the swells of dissent to the potential revocation of the judgment. Roberts noted that it was “gut-wrenching” for SC Justices to travel the highways daily, which were blocked off by barriers and traffic. They were not as well-served by the epidemic or the stringent lockdown procedures.
In May, when a draft opinion was released that suggested the right to an abortion might be abolished, barricades and protests were set up. People gathered in front of the homes of the SC Justices in addition to holding demonstrations in front of the Supreme Court buildings to voice their discontent.
The judicial process is threatened
The leak was largely responsible for the Justices’ problems before even the final text was released to the public. The Justices said they want to find the person who committed the conduct because it presents a significant risk to further High Court legal proceedings. Therefore, it is critical that authorities find the leaker as quickly as possible, according to Justice Neil Gorsuch.
“Improper efforts to influence judicial decision-making, from whatever side, from whomever, are a threat to the judicial decision-making process,” stated Justice Gorsuch.
The final judgment of Justice Samuel Alito, which finally prohibits abortion after 15 weeks, contains passages from the leak. Following that, numerous states passed outright prohibitions on abortion.
According to Justice Roberts, there was no apparent necessity to reverse the decisions in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey and that it would be better to adopt “a more measured route” rather than joining the other five justices in doing so.
The public’s confidence in the Supreme Court turned low
The judicial system is independent. It’s true. However, a study reveals that the public lost confidence in the Supreme Court when the draft was leaked and up to the announcement of the final ruling.
Roberts claims that the Justices’ dissenting personalities are only displayed in the Court’s halls. He stated that following contentious discussions on particular matters, the Justices even enjoy dinner together. Roberts clarified that because the members of the Court appreciate one another, the antagonism is contained to the Court itself.
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