Leonard Leo Helped Build The Supreme Court Majority That May Overturn Roe : Consider This from NPR As soon as Thursday, the Supreme Court could rule on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. A leaked draft opinion in that case showed a majority of justices agreeing to overturn Roe v. Wade, which would end the constitutional right to an abortion.

However the court rules, this moment is the culmination of a decades-long effort by conservative activists around the country. One man in particular has played an outsized role in that effort: Leonard Leo, Co-Chairman of the Federalist Society. He's devoted his career to getting conservatives appointed to the country's most powerful courts.

We look at how he came to have so much sway.

In this episode, you'll hear excerpts from the interview NPR's Deirdre Walsh conducted with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

Meet The Man Who Helped Build The Court That May Overturn Roe

Meet The Man Who Helped Build The Court That May Overturn Roe

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Leonard Leo, Co-Chairman of the Federalist Society, played a key role in building the Supreme Court's current 6-3 conservative majority. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Leonard Leo, Co-Chairman of the Federalist Society, played a key role in building the Supreme Court's current 6-3 conservative majority.

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As soon as Thursday, the Supreme Court could rule on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. A leaked draft opinion in that case showed a majority of justices agreeing to overturn Roe v. Wade, which would end the constitutional right to an abortion.

However the court rules, this moment is the culmination of a decades-long effort by conservative activists around the country. One man in particular has played an outsized role in that effort: Leonard Leo, Co-Chairman of the Federalist Society. He's devoted his career to getting conservatives appointed to the country's most powerful courts.

We look at how he came to have so much sway.

In this episode, you'll hear excerpts from the interview NPR's Deirdre Walsh conducted with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Connor Donevan and Jonaki Mehta. It was edited by Bridget Kelley, Courtney Dorning and Krishnadev Calamur. Our executive producer is Sami Yenigun.