(The Hill) – The Supreme Court is poised to overturn the landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade that protects the federal right to abortion, according to a draft majority opinion published Monday evening by Politico.

The 67-page document, described as an initial draft majority opinion penned by Justice Samuel Alito, one of the court’s staunchest conservatives, concludes with the majority stating that the Constitution says nothing about the rights of states to regulate or prohibit abortion, in contrast to Roe and the court’s 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

“We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” the opinion states. Under those cases, states were prohibited from banning abortion prior to fetal viability, around 23 weeks.GOP readies strategy in case Roe v. Wade is overturned

A spokesperson for the Supreme Court had no comment in response to questions. 

The justices’ votes are often fluid up to the point of an opinion’s publication, and the draft may have changed since February when it was purportedly written. A published opinion from the court is expected sometime within the next two months.

The Hill could not independently verify the document’s authenticity. But Politico, in an editor’s note, said it undertook an extensive review and is “confident of the authenticity of the draft.”

Alito, in the draft opinion, employed language that mirrored remarks he made during a December oral argument in which he suggested he viewed Roe as “egregiously wrong.”65 million women could lose abortion rights in Supreme Court case

The issue before the court was a Mississippi law that bans virtually all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Deep-red Mississippi, in court papers, explicitly asked the justices to use their case as a vehicle to end the landmark 1973 decision that first recognized a constitutional right to abortion existing in the 14th Amendment’s due process clause.

“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Alito’s majority opinion draft states. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”

Politico, citing an unnamed source, said that majority also included fellow conservative Justice Clarence Thomas, as well as former President Trump’s three nominees: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.