The inside story of how John Roberts failed to save abortion rights
It appears unlikely that Roberts' best prospect -- Justice Brett Kavanaugh -- was ever close to switching his earlier vote, despite Roberts' attempts that continued through the final weeks of the session.
Roberts' persuasive efforts, difficult even from the start, were thwarted by the sudden public nature of the state of play.
Roberts, who is 67 and 10 years older than Kavanaugh, was a deputy US solicitor general at the time, and Kavanaugh, a new attorney.
They share similar Roman Catholic roots, prep school backgrounds and Ivy League educations (Roberts, Harvard; Kavanaugh, Yale).
They now live so close to each other in Maryland that abortion rights protesters sometimes go to both homes on the same evening.
Roberts' efforts directed toward Kavanaugh and to a lesser extent newest conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett were anticipated.
Aggravating everything and presenting the greatest consequence for all Americans was the emerging force of the court's right-wing supermajority, which, aside from abortion rights, included Roberts.
Then-President Donald Trump immediately nominated Barrett, an abortion rights critic, and the Senate confirmed her on October 26.
8 has been to nullify this Court's rulings," Roberts wrote , adding that "the role of the Supreme Court in our constitutional system" was at stake.
By the time of December oral arguments in the Mississippi case, nationwide evisceration of abortion rights appeared near.
He suggested he would find Roe "egregiously wrong" and be disinclined toward any "half-measures," that Roberts would propose.
Roberts, on the other hand, wanted to dissolve the viability framework of Roe and the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey .