Roe v Wade US abortion law 'to be revoked'

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A leaked initial draft majority opinion suggests the US Supreme Court has voted to overturn the Roe v Wade decision that legalised abortion nationwide, Politico has reported.

Reuters was not immediately able to confirm the draft independently.

The Supreme Court and the White House declined to comment.

"Roe was egregiously wrong from the start," Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the draft opinion which is dated February 10, according to Politico.

Four of the other Republican-appointed justices - Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett - voted with Alito in the conference held among the justices, the report said.

"It is possible there have been some changes since then (February 10)," Politico reporter Josh Gerstein, who broke the story, said on MSNBC late on Monday evening local time.

After an initial vote among the justices following the oral argument, one is assigned the majority opinion and writes a draft. That draft is then circulated among the justices.

At times, in between the initial vote and the ruling being released, the vote alignment can change.

A ruling is only final when it is published by the court.

In a post on Twitter, Neal Katyal, a lawyer who regularly argues before the court, said if the report was accurate it would be "the first major leak from the Supreme Court ever".

Roe v Wade was a landmark decision made by the US Supreme Court in January 1973 that protects a woman's right to choose to have an abortion.

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