The US Supreme Court could be about to overturn the nationwide legal right to abortion, according to a leaked draft opinion that has stunned the country.
Politico reports that Justice Samuel Alito writes in the document that the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision is "egregiously wrong".
If verified, the leaking of the document would be unprecedented in the court's modern history.
The justices are expected to issue their ruling on the case by early July.
Neither the Supreme Court nor the White House wished to comment on the leak on Monday night.
"Roe was egregiously wrong from the start," the draft opinion reportedly states.
The opinion adds: "It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people's elected representatives."
Justice Alito also reportedly writes that Roe v Wade's reasoning was "exceptionally weak" and has had "damaging consequences".
"The inescapable conclusion is that a right to abortion is not deeply rooted in the Nation's history and traditions," the conservative's opinion reportedly says.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer - both Democrats - issued a joint statement reacting to the leak.
"If the report is accurate, the Supreme Court is poised to inflict the greatest restriction of rights in the past 50 years", the statement read.
It adds that the decision by "Republican-appointed Justices" would go down as an "abomination, one of the worst and most damaging decisions in modern history".