The leaked draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade cited claims frequently made by opponents of abortion. The opinion, written by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., at times presents those assertions as indisputable facts while omitting context and counterarguments.
The Supreme Court confirmed last week that the draft was authentic but cautioned that it was not final. According to Politico, which first published the draft, no other versions have been circulated inside the court.
In the nearly 100-page decision, Justice Alito made or quoted assertions about fetal development, abortion procedures and international laws that have been disputed or are open to interpretation.
Here is a fact check.
What Justice Alito Wrote
“To support this act, the legislature made a series of factual findings. It began by noting that, at the time of enactment, only six countries besides the United States ‘permit[ted] nontherapeutic or elective abortion on demand after the 20th week of gestation.’”