KEY POINTS

  • An initial draft majority opinion showed five justices may be ready to repeal Roe v. Wade
  • 'Play with fire, get burned. Don't say we didn't warn you,' Anonymous warns the Supreme Court
  • Chief Justice John Roberts will investigate how the draft opinion was leaked

Hacking collective Anonymous has warned the U.S. Supreme Court against striking down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, adding that it may “get burned” if it does so. 

In a Twitter post published Tuesday, Anonymous said the Supreme Court and Republicans should “expect” some type of retaliation should they repeal Roe v. Wade decision. The landmark decision was made in 1973 when the Supreme Court ruled that governments lacked the power to prohibit abortions and that it was a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy in the first three months of pregnancy. 

“Repealing Roe v Wade isn't going to go the way SCOTUS or the GOP thinks it's going to go. Play with fire, get burned. Don't say we didn't warn you,” the hacking collective wrote. “Expect us.”

The warning from Anonymous comes after an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito about Roe v. Wade was leaked Monday. The draft opinion showed that the court voted to strike down the 1973 decision. 

“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito wrote in the draft opinion, a copy of which was obtained by Politico. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

It is unclear how the draft opinion first circulated in court. However, Chief Justice John Roberts said they will investigate the leak, calling the episode an “egregious breach” of trust. 

"This was a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the Court and the community of public servants who work here. I have directed the Marshal of the Court to launch an investigation into the source of the leak," Roberts said in a statement released Tuesday. 

Currently, it appears five justices would be voting to repeal Roe v. Wade, including Alito and Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. 

Should the Supreme Court strike down the landmark decision, states in the U.S. would be given the power to either restrict or ban abortion. At least 21 states have laws that could immediately ban or acutely curtail access to abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Cyclist rides in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington A cyclist rides in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, U.S. March 15, 2022. Photo: Reuters / EMILY ELCONIN