Chief Justice Confirms Authenticity of Leaked Roe v. Wade Draft

Chief Justice John Roberts (right) (Wikimedia Commons)
President Joe Biden on Tuesday blasted what he called a "radical" leaked draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court is poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide, warning that a "whole range of rights" are in jeopardy if it holds.

Speaking to reporters before boarding Air Force One, Biden said he hoped the draft wouldn't be finalized by justices, contending it reflects a "fundamental shift in American jurisprudence" that threatens "other basic rights" like privacy and marriage.

He added: "If this decision holds, it's really quite a radical decision."

Earlier Tuesday, Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed the authenticity of the leaked draft and said he had ordered an investigation into what he called an "egregious breach of trust."

In the high court's first public comment since the draft was published late Monday, Roberts said "Although the document described in yesterday's reports is authentic, it does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case."

In a statement, he said, "To the extent this betrayal of the confidences of the Court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed."

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