Abortion rights advocates, critics react to Supreme Court leak: ‘Devastating that it was leaked’

Organizations on both sides of issue say leak comes as shock

Not everyone holds strong opinions on abortion, but for a great many people the court’s eventual decision will be cause for celebration or dismay.

Michigan organizations on both sides of the issue can both agree this leak comes as a shock.

“I think there’s definitely concern. You know, this is a breach of our Supreme Court, of our government,” said Anna Visser, director of communication and education at Right to Life of Michigan.

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Nicole Wells Stallworth, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan said, “I was completely disappointed in the way in which this was done.”

Stallworth said they were anticipating a similar official opinion, but not in a leak and that this may be a wake-up call to others.

“It was devastating that it was leaked because I don’t know that our supporters and the people who this will impact the most really have the understanding of how this is going to impact their lives and what it means for them to be able to access the health care,” Stallworth said.

Visser said, that the leaked draft opinion isn’t necessarily a victory for Right to Life for Michigan and they are cautiously optimistic.

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“We’re excited to see that there is a possibility that Roe vs Wade could get overturned. I think we were also very shocked as everyone else probably was. This has never happened before,” said Visser.

Both organizations say there is still work to be done.

“The opinion that came out last night was simply a draft opinion. It was not their official decision, however, it looks and feels like an official opinion,” Stallworth said.

“We don’t want to jump the gun and assume that this is what is going to happen. So we’re waiting for an official opinion from the justices. But like I said, we are optimistic,” Visser said.

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Megan Woods is thrilled to be back home and reporting at Local 4. She joined the team in September 2021. Before returning to Michigan, Megan reported at stations across the country including Northern Michigan, Southwest Louisiana and a sister station in Southwest Virginia.