WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that a leaked draft ruling to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision was authentic but not final, even as the disclosure triggered political upheaval with potentially broad electoral and legal consequences.

While protesters gathered outside the court, chanting loudly enough for members of Congress to hear at the Capitol across the street, Democrats led by President Biden vowed to make abortion rights a defining issue of the fall midterm elections. Republicans accused liberals of orchestrating the leak to intimidate the court while Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. ordered an investigation.Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma signed a Texas-style abortion ban on Tuesday that prohibits abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press

Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma on Tuesday signed a bill prohibiting abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, the latest attempt by Republican lawmakers in the state to find legal avenues to ban abortions that will withstand judicial challenges.

The law, the Oklahoma Heartbeat Act, was modeled on the one that came into force in Texas last year, with both banning abortions after fetal cardiac activity is detected, and requiring enforcement from civilians rather than government officials.Protestors gathered in Indianapolis on Tuesday after the leak of a draft opinion suggesting that the Supreme Court would overrule Roe v. Wade.Jamie Kelter Davis for The New York Times

Opponents and supporters of abortion rights had expected for months that the Supreme Court would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, but the leaked draft opinion late Monday came as if out of the blue, setting off shock, outrage and jubilation on both sides of the nation’s deeply polarized abortion debate.

Activists took to the streets to declare their intention to fight harder, especially over control of Congress in this year’s midterm elections. Candidates sought to raise money off the news. And in states that are poised to ban abortion or guard access to it, politicians and governors declared that they were ready to act.Dr. Cheryl Hamlin, center, has been traveling from Massachusetts to Jackson, Miss., once a month to perform abortions at the Southern state’s sole abortion clinic. Rory Doyle for The New York Times

On the calendar at Jackson Women’s Health Organization on Tuesday, every appointment slot was filled. Patients drove in from across Mississippi, as well as from Louisiana, Tennessee and as far away as Texas, taking the long trip to obtain an abortion from a clinic that now seemed doomed.

A draft opinion leaked from the Supreme Court has indicated that a majority of the justices were in favor of overturning the constitutional right to abortion, a decision that could spell the end of clinics like this one, the lone provider in Mississippi and the named plaintiff in the case that will lead to the most consequential abortion rights decision in decades.

Brent McDonald

May 3, 2022, 7:50 p.m. ET

A day after a draft opinion that showed the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked, hundreds of protesters gathered on the front steps to argue for and against abortion rights. Women told us how they plan to fight any court decision and shared personal stories about abortion.A large crowd gathered at Foley Square to protest the possibility of the Supreme Court’s overturning Roe v. Wade.Hilary Swift for The New York Times

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday evening to protest the possibility of the Supreme Court’s overturning Roe v. Wade, which has guaranteed the right to abortion for nearly half a century.

Many of those there wore green, which has become a signature color for abortion rights campaigners, and brandished everything from neat, preprinted signs from Planned Parenthood to recycled cardboard covered in furious Sharpie messages.

Mike Baker

May 3, 2022, 7:17 p.m. ET

At a rally in Seattle alongside other elected officials, Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington said he wants the state to dedicate enough resources to provide abortion services for people who travel from other states. “They will be welcomed, and they will be served,” he said. Mr. Inslee said he also wants to explore a constitutional amendment to enshrine abortion rights in the state.Abortion rights advocates surrounded anti-abortion activists in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday after a draft of an opinion overruling Roe v. Wade leaked.Leigh Vogel for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The draft Supreme Court opinion overruling Roe v. Wade is a sort of white paper prepared by the conservative legal movement long ago, awaiting only the arrival of a conservative majority ready to adopt it.

The opinion, by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., set out familiar critiques of the Roe decision, which established a constitutional right to abortion in 1973. Indeed, it is an expert distillation of conservative talking points dating to the Reagan administration.

Karen Zraick

May 3, 2022, 7:07 p.m. ET

New York City and state officials joined protesters at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan. Attorney General Letitia James told a personal story of her decision to have an abortion when she was in the City Council. The current speaker of the Council, Adrienne Adams, was among the speakers who vowed to ensure reproductive rights for women. “We refuse to go back to the days of the hangers,” Ms. Adams said.Caitlin Ochs for The New York TimesDemonstrators gathered at the Supreme Court on Tuesday after the leak of a draft decision overruling Roe v. Wade.Leigh Vogel for The New York Times

Democrats who were privately hoping for a surprise development to shake up the midterms have gotten their wish. Nobody expected it to come in the form of a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, however.

It’s a political bombshell. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to discern where the shrapnel lands.Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, left, with Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society in 2019. The group has worked to vet conservative judges for Republican presidents to appoint in recent years.T.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — In May 1987, Attorney General Edwin Meese III traveled to St. Louis and spoke before a group of clergy members opposed to abortion. Denouncing Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling on abortion rights, he told them that he saw reason to hope that “in our lifetimes” it would be thrown on “the ash heap of legal history.”

Thirty-five years later, a leaked draft opinionsuggests that the Supreme Court’s conservative majority is poised to overturn Roe, permitting states to outlaw abortion. Liberals may be aghast, but for the conservative legal movement, of which Mr. Meese was a key early figure, a long-sought moment of triumph appears to be at hand.In response to a draft ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, Senate Democrats were led by Senator Chuck Schumer, who said conservative justices had “ripped up the Constitution.” Tom Brenner for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — With much of the Democratic Party raging over the seemingly imminent end to the almost 50-year-old constitutional right to an abortion, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York vowed on Tuesday to bring legislation to a vote that would codify a woman’s right to end her pregnancy.

But Mr. Schumer, the majority leader, and fellow Democrats in Washington appeared to find themselves powerless to stop the overturning of Roe v. Wade, as the battle for abortion rights shifted from Washington to the states.

Marc Lacey

May 3, 2022, 5:59 p.m. ET

Raucous protests are nothing new at the Supreme Court, but a leaked draft of an opinion turned out the crowds on Tuesday. When I came to D.C. on Monday, the sidewalk out front of the court was quiet. But hours later, after Politico’s big scoop, those on both sides of the abortion debate grabbed their signs and hustled there. The demonstrations grew throughout the day, with minor skirmishes between the two sides before the police installed barriers. I shuttled back and forth to hear people out.

Marc Lacey

May 3, 2022, 6:00 p.m. ET

On one side of the metal barriers was Billie Gardner, 22, a policy aide who wore a purple “Bans Off Our Bodies” halter top. She said she was furious when she read the news. “It is a cut-and-dried, complete gutting of Roe v. Wade,” she said of the draft opinion.

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Marc Lacey

May 3, 2022, 6:00 p.m. ET

On the other side was Kristen Day, 53, executive director of a group of anti-abortion Democrats. “This is a very high emotional issue for a lot of people, as you can see,” she said, surveying the crowds of protesters. Asked about the potential overturning of Roe, she smiled. “We support the vulnerable,” she said.

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Gov. Kathy Hochul denounced the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade and vowed that New York State would continue providing reproductive care.New York State Office of the Governor

Democratic leaders in Albany decried the news coming out of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, suggesting they were considering a range of options that would help to enshrine New York as a safe haven for women seeking reproductive care.

If the Supreme Court overturns Roe vs. Wade, as it appears poised to do, New York and other states with strong support for abortion rights could see an influx of people seeking abortions traveling from states that ban the practice.Senator Mitch McConnell accused Democrats of smearing the justices of the high court.Tom Brenner for The New York Times

Opposition to abortion has been a key piece of the Republican Party’s agenda for 40 years, a through-line binding Evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics to the party of small government and low taxes from Ronald Reagan to Donald J. Trump.

But with the Supreme Court seemingly on the verge of ending the constitutional right to abortion, the political party most identified with opposing Roe v. Wade was remarkably subdued in its celebration, more focused on how the news of the Supreme Court’s draft decision had surfaced than on the impending decision itself.

Emily Cochrane

May 3, 2022, 4:26 p.m. ET

Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, told me she immediately called her daughter after hearing about the draft opinion. “We talked about how we both have known for a long time that this is what the extreme right wing has been aiming for, but we always hoped against hope that it wouldn’t come to this,” she said. “Now we’re there, and I’m angry and I’m determined.”While the draft itself does not have any immediate legal ramifications, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday that the draft is authentic.Leigh Vogel for The New York Times

If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, it would not outlaw abortion. Instead, states would be able to individually determine the procedure’s legality.

Thirteen states across the country have signaled their readiness to ban abortion by passing so-called trigger laws, which would effectively ban abortions almost immediately after a decision from the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.Supporters of abortion rights take part in the nationwide Women’s March last year in Seattle.Lindsey Wasson/Reuters

As many states prepared on Tuesday for a reality where abortion soon might be illegal, clinics in more liberal states in the Northeast and the West Coast were gearing up for a growing influx of women seeking an abortion.

“It feels almost surreal to be in this landscape right now,” said Iris Alatorre, program manager for the Northwest Abortion Access Fund, a nonprofit that helps about 150 women pay for an abortion each month.

Luke Broadwater

May 3, 2022, 3:50 p.m. ET

Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, just spoke to a crowd of a few hundred in front of the Supreme Court, calling for the expansion of the number of justices on the court. The crowd broke into a chant of “Four more seats!”Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, signed a 15-week abortion ban into law, last month in Kissimmee, Fla.John Raoux/Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, who recently signed into law a ban onabortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, on Tuesday described the leak of the draft Supreme Court opinion on abortion as an attack on the justices themselves. 

“I think it was an intentional thing to try to whip up a lot of the public to try and make it very political, potentially try to bully them into changing one of their positions,” he said at a press briefing in Fort Myers Beach. “And that is not something that’s appropriate for the judicial branch.”A demonstrator outside the Jackson Women’s Health Organization in Jackson, Miss., on Tuesday.Rory Doyle for The New York Times

The leak of a draft Supreme Court ruling that would overturn Roe v. Wade ricocheted across the United States on Tuesday, drawing praise and gratitude from those who have sought to overturn the landmark ruling and outraged reactions from supporters of abortion rights.

In Des Moines, Connie Wright, a grandmother of eight, said she was getting ready for bed on Monday night when her phone lit up with a friend’s text about the leak. Searching online to confirm it, Ms. Wright fell to her knees.

Emily Cochrane

May 3, 2022, 3:11 p.m. ET

In a new statement, Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California attacked the draft ruling, declaring that “in brazenly ignoring 50 years of its own precedent, the United States Constitution and the will of the American people, this draft ruling would seriously erode the legitimacy of the Supreme Court in the eyes of the American people.”An anti-abortion sign in Chamberlain, S.D. Gov. Kristi Noem said Tuesday that she would immediately call for a special session to outlaw abortion in her state.Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Republicans are planning to step up campaigns to make abortion illegal in many states.

Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, who has presidential ambitions, said Tuesday that she would immediately call for a special session to outlaw abortion in her state.

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