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Anti-abortion activists and abortion rights supporters took to the streets of Washington, D.C. after news that the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion.

A leaked initial draft majority opinion suggests the court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, Politico reported on Monday.

Within hours of the news, anti-abortion activists chanting “hey, hey, ho, ho, Roe v. Wade has got to go” and abortion rights supporters shouting “abortion is health care” were facing off outside the court.  -CBC

OTTAWA—Conservatives MPs are being told to stay silent about a leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court decision suggesting that nation’s top court is poised to overturn the landmark abortion rights case Roe vs. Wade.

A “note to caucus” was sent from interim Opposition Leader Candice Bergen’s communications staff early Tuesday morning, as the world was abuzz with news of both the contents of the draft ruling and the unprecedented leak itself. -Toronto Star

Hillary Clinton is speaking out after a draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court was allegedly leaked to Politico on Monday, in which the landmark 1973 decision on federally legalized abortion Roe v. Wade is set to be overturned.

“Not surprising. But still outrageous,” Clinton, 74, wrote in a tweet. “This decision is a direct assault on the dignity, rights, & lives of women, not to mention decades of settled law.” -People

The document, published by Politico, suggests the country’s top court is poised to overturn the 1973 decision that legalised abortion nationwide.

If the court strikes down the Roe v Wade ruling, individual states would be allowed to ban abortion if they wish.

It is expected abortion could then be banned in almost half of US states.

The Supreme Court’s justices are expected to issue a ruling in late June or early July.

Roe v Wade is in the court’s sights because Mississippi is asking for it to be overturned. The justices heard that case in December. -BBC

Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley appeared on the Fox News Channel show “Hannity” and said that he was upset that the opinion was leaked.

“The Chief Justice of the United States is going to have to convene the Justices. He’s going to have to convene the clerks and all employees of the court, and he’s going to have to say the leaker needs to come forward. This is very, very serious. It is an unprecedented breach of the court’s confidentiality, and it is plainly meant to corrupt the process within the court,” Hawley said.

St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones, who will be in Washington D.C. Tuesday for an unrelated event, released the following statement in reaction to the leak. -Fox 2

Everything about the American abortion war has taken on an air of inevitability. The Supreme Court will reverse Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion decision establishing a constitutional right to end a pregnancy. The United States will divide along expected lines, with abortion broadly accessible in blue states and all but entirely criminalized in red states.

This narrative is not completely wrong. Twelve states have passed so-called trigger bans that will outlaw all or most abortions if Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey are overturned. At the same time, 16 states and the District of Columbia have policies guaranteeing abortion rights no matter what the Supreme Court decides. -The Atlantic

In 2003, when the Supreme Court held, in Lawrence v. Texas, that criminalizing gay sex was unconstitutional, it insisted that the decision had nothing to do with marriage equality. In a scathing dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, “Do not believe it.” Then, in 2013, when the Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act’s definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman, emphasizing the tradition of letting the states define marriage, Scalia issued another warning, saying that “no one should be fooled” into thinking that the Court would leave states free to exclude gay couples from that definition. He was finally proved right two years later, when the reasoning on dignity and equality developed in those earlier rulings led to the Court’s holding that the Constitution requires all states to recognize same-sex marriage. -newyorker

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