There was an Alito decision handed down by the High Court Thursday — just not that Alito ruling.
With only one day left on the Supreme Court’s schedule to release opinions in this year’s term, Americans are still waiting for a ruling on the intensely watched case that is expected to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion ruling.
The High Court handed down four opinions on Thursday that involved voter ID laws, state execution methods, Alito on Miranda warnings and the constitutionality of a New York concealed carry law.
The case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization – which concerns the legality of a Mississippi law that bans all abortions after 15 weeks except in the cases of medical emergencies and fetal abnormality – was not ruled on.
In early May, a draft opinion for the case written by conservative Justice Samuel Alito was leaked and indicated that the conservative majority court intended to overturn Roe, claiming the 1973 decision was unconstitutional.
It is unclear if the final opinion will align with the draft – originally written in February.
Since the draft opinion was leaked, tensions have exploded across the country. Large cities and the homes of the conservative justices have been the target of protests, while some pregnancy crisis centers have been attacked. Justice Brett Kavanaugh even faced an assassination attempt over the expected opinion earlier this month.
If the ruling does overturn Roe v. Wade, protests are expected to continue and at least one pro-abortion organization has vowed to lead a “night of rage.”
The White House condemned potential violence on Wednesday with press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre saying, “violence and destruction of property have no place in our country under any circumstance. And the president denounces this action.”
“Actions like this are completely unacceptable regardless of our politics,” she added. “So we have denounced that and we will continue to denounce any violence or threats.”
The Supreme Court is expected to release the final opinion by the end of June or early July, along with eight other rulings.
As of Thursday, there is only one more opinion release day scheduled – Friday, June 24. Though, the court could schedule additional days.