The Dobbs Leak, One Year Later

May 2, 2023
Joe Barnas

One year ago, today, appeared the first glimmer of hope for the pro-life movement.

On May 2, 2022, a draft of Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was leaked to the press.

It was ​​an egregious breach of confidentiality at the Supreme Court, aimed at undermining trust in the institution and likely a calculated attempt to provoke public outcry from abortion providers and supporters.

Justice Alito recently said that the leak “was a part of an effort to prevent the Dobbs draft… from becoming the decision of the court. And that’s how it was used for those six weeks by people on the outside—as part of the campaign to try to intimidate the court.”

At the same time, it gave the pro-life movement its first concrete look beyond the nearly fifty-year regime of Roe v. Wade. It was a moment of relief for many in the movement, that decades of hard work would finally pay off. But it was also a realization that this fight for life was—and is—far from over.

With Roe discarded into the dustbin of history, today the fight continues in all 50 state legislatures and courts across the country. We face myriad fresh legal issues and a pro-abortion movement agitating for expanded availability of direct abortion, up to birth, and unfettered access to chemical abortion drugs. States are also attempting to pass laws that target pro-life pregnancy help centers and restrict pro-life activism.

In a way, it is now—in the post-Roe era—that the real fight can begin. The opportunities to support and defend life have now multiplied across all corners of the United States, while opponents have been emboldened.

It is with this in mind, that we need to recommit ourselves to defending life at all stages with a renewed fervor.

Here at the Thomas More Society, we are determined to continue to defend life and the pro-life movement against pro-abortion activists, organizations, and even our own government.