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Lancet medical journal slams SCOTUS leaked draft overturning Roe v Wade

The Lancet medical journal criticized the leaked Supreme Court draft suggesting that Roe v. Wade be overruled, claiming the justices would have ‘women’s blood on their hands’ if they reject the landmark abortion case.

The world-renowned peer-reviewed publication warned in its latest topic Thursday that the end of Roe V. Wade would cause women to risk their health and seek unsafe abortions.

‘The fact is that if the Supreme Court of the United States upholds its draft decision, women will die,’ the publication wrote in its editorial.

“Judges who vote to overturn Roe will not end abortion, they will only end safe abortion.”

“Alito and his followers will have women’s blood on their hands,” he concluded, referring to Judge Samuel Alito, who wrote the court’s draft majority opinion that was leaked last week, sparking pro-abortion protests in the Capitol and in front of the homes of the six judges appointed by the Republican Party.

The Lancet medical journal warned in its latest Thursday issue (pictured) that the end of Roe V. Wade would cause women to seek unsafe abortions.

The Lancet medical journal warned in its latest Thursday issue (pictured) that the end of Roe V. Wade would cause women to seek unsafe abortions.

The Lancet condemned the leaked draft opinion that showed a majority of Supreme Court justices were poised to overturn the landmark 1973 abortion case.

The Lancet condemned the leaked draft opinion that showed a majority of Supreme Court justices were poised to overturn the landmark 1973 abortion case.

The leak has prompted dozens of doctors and medical experts to call on SCOTUS to keep Roe V. Wade as abortion advocates continue to protest on Capitol Hill and at the homes of the six GOP-appointed judges.  In the photo, the Supreme Court with anti-protest billboards.

The leak has prompted dozens of doctors and medical experts to call on SCOTUS to keep Roe V. Wade as abortion advocates continue to protest on Capitol Hill and at the homes of the six GOP-appointed judges. In the photo, the Supreme Court with anti-protest billboards.

Speaking about the medical fallout from the potential overturn, The Lancet’s editorial board estimated that around 33 million women have unsafe abortions worldwide each year, and the number would skyrocket if the US ended Roe V. Wade.

“If the court denies women the right to safe abortion, it will be a judicial endorsement of state control over women, a stunning setback for women’s health and rights, with global repercussions,” The Lancet wrote.

Leaving abortion rights in the hands of states would also mean that those who lack the means to travel to another state with lax restrictions would be more likely to seek out unsafe methods of terminating their pregnancies.

The medical journal also noted that black women would bear the brunt of the impact because the demographic group has higher rates of unintended pregnancy as well as higher rates of maternal mortality.

“These stark racial and class disparities need urgent solutions, not more legal barriers,” the editorial said.

The medical journal implored the judges to reject the draft ruling and make their decision centered not on the Constitution, but on women’s health needs.

“What is so shocking, inhumane and irrational about this draft opinion is that the Court is basing its decision on an 18th century document that ignores 21st century realities for women,” The Lancet wrote. ‘History and tradition can be respected, but they should only be partial guides.’

Although using much harsher wording, The Lancet’s editorial echoes the warning of other medical journals and physicians concerned about the future of Roe V. Wade.

Scientific America and The New England Journal of Medicine, as well as dozens of physicians and health experts from across the country who joined Columbia University’s Department of Public Health to write a letter to SCOTUS, highlighted fears that unsafe abortions will soar in the shadows if the justices go ahead with last week’s leaked draft opinion.

Experts warned that the death rate from unsafe abortions was 14 times higher than that from legally induced abortions, and said that banning abortions could lead to a 21% increase in pregnancy-related deaths in the US.

“As public health experts, we urge SCOTUS to consider science and the public good when affirming the constitutional protection of abortion,” the experts wrote.

The protesters showed up outside the Chevy Chase Club in Maryland, where Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a member.  Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito and Amy Coney Barrett are set to take down Roe V. Wade

The protesters showed up outside the Chevy Chase Club in Maryland, where Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a member. Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito and Amy Coney Barrett are set to take down Roe V. Wade

Alito, author of the leaked draft opinion, has seen most of the protesters outside his home in Alexandria, Virginia.

Alito, author of the leaked draft opinion, has seen most of the protesters outside his home in Alexandria, Virginia.

Pro-life protesters have also flocked to Alito's home to show their support for the opinion.

Pro-life protesters have also flocked to Alito’s home to show their support for the opinion.

The warnings about women’s health arose as a result of Alito’s ruling, which annuls the historic case that legalized abortion in the country and remains as the only pending circulated draft, politician informed.

Conservative Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett agreed with the draft decision, leading SCOTUS to overturn Roe V. Wade in the summer in a 5-4 decision.

The draft opinion could change before the court formally reveals its ruling in the Mississippi abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, at the end of her term in late June or early July.

Many are watching Chief Justice John Roberts, wondering what he will do and seeing this case as the greatest test of his leadership.

He could try to get one of the other conservative justices to withdraw his support for Alito’s opinion and join him in a more centrist opinion that would not formally override Roe but keep Mississippi’s 15-week limit on performing most abortions.

That would maintain some federal guarantee of abortion rights. Overthrowing Roe would return the abortion issue to the states, leaving each to make their own law.

Tensions between the two sides in the abortion debate have escalated as anti-demonstration fences were erected around the Supreme Court building where justices met again on Thursday.

Demonstrations have also been held outside the homes of conservative judges as abortion advocates continue to urge the judges to uphold the landmark 1973 case.

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