(WPRI) — The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, which has guaranteed women the constitutional right to an abortion since 1973, according to a draft opinion obtained by Politico.

The draft decision, according to Politico’s report, was circulated by Justice Samuel Alito inside the court Monday.

“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito wrote. “Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences.”

The draft opinion also makes mention of overruling the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision, which largely maintained a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.

“The Constitution makes no reference to abortion and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional prevision,” Alito continued.

Alito argued that, rather than put the national abortion debate to rest, these rulings “have enflamed debate and deepened division.”

“It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives,” he said.

The Supreme Court has yet to officially issue a ruling on the matter, which was brought before them in a case challenging Mississippi’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

While the draft decision isn’t set in stone, it does reflect the views of the conservative-leaning Supreme Court.

This also may very well be the first time a draft decision has been disclosed publicly while a case is still pending, according to Politico.

Even if Roe v. Wade is formally overturned, both Rhode Island and Massachusetts have codified abortion rights into state law. The decisions were made in anticipation of such a ruling from the Supreme Court.

Planned Parenthood responded to Politico’s report on Twitter, reminding everyone that it is not the be-all, end-all.

“This is a draft opinion,” the tweet reads. “It’s outrageous, it’s unprecedented, but it is not final.”

Rep. David Cicilline echoed Planned Parenthood’s sentiment, stating that while abortion rights “are under attack,” it is still constitutionally protected.

“Abortion is health care and every woman has the right to make health care decisions for herself,” he said.

Cicilline also urged the U.S. Senate to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would “prohibit governmental restrictions on the provision of, and access to, abortion services.

Outgoing Rep. Jim Langevin, who was elected as a pro-life Democrat, described the draft decision as “the most severe rollback of women’s rights in this country’s history.”

“I support whatever it takes to make sure that Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land,” he said.

Langevin changed his stance on abortion last year when he voted in favor of the Women’s Health Protection Act.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said the draft decision “will go down as one of the most supremely political acts in Supreme Court history.”

“I hope the Republican justices seriously reconsider a decision to upend nearly 50 years of precedent and harm millions,” Whitehouse said. “It would be a blow from which the court may not recover, and which would fall squarely on the women of this country.”

Sen. Jack Reed agreed, calling it “a radical, short-sighted, partisan move from a partisan court.”

Gov. Dan McKee reassured Rhode Islanders that the state will “always protect a woman’s right to choose.”

“We will NOT go backwards on reproductive rights,” he said.

Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin refused to comment on the draft decision because it is not final.

“In the meantime, I urge everyone to reflect upon this very important issue, that involves one of our core beliefs in the dignity of human life, with humility, peace and prayer,” Tobin said.