Clarence Thomas says leaked opinion to overturn Roe is like ‘infidelity’ that eroded trust in Supreme Court

Clarence Thomas says leaked opinion to overturn Roe is like ‘infidelity’ that eroded trust in Supreme Court

US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said the leaking of a draft opinion in a case indicating the court’s conservative majority will strike down constitutional protections for abortion access was “terribly wrong.” and an “infidelity” that has undermined the institution and exposed its fragility.

Justice Thomas, speaking at a conference hosted by the right-wing think tank American Enterprise Institute in Dallas on May 13, said leak opinion written by conservative judge Samuel Alito in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization it is “beyond anyone’s understanding, or at least anyone’s imagination”.

“I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them,” he said. “And then I wonder when they will be gone or destabilized, what are we going to have as a country.”

The comments by Justice Thomas, the court’s longest-serving judge and a staunch conservative, echo his statements about the leak when he spoke at a conference in Atlanta earlier this month, when he said government institutions should not be “bullied” in their decision making.

“And look where we are, where now that trust or that belief is gone forever,” Justice Thomas said Friday. “And when you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I’m in, the institution fundamentally changes. You start looking over your shoulder. It’s… a kind of infidelity, that you can explain it, but you can’t undo it.”

A final opinion in the case, which could undo decades of protection of abortion rights in the US by overturning the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe vs. Wade and its affirmative decision in 1992 Planned Parenthood vs. Casey – is expected in the coming weeks.

The end of Roe protections could “trigger” state-level laws that ban the procedure entirely in at least 13 states. More than half of the US is expected to quickly or immediately implement restrictions or outright bans on abortion without blanket federal protections.

Berkeley Law School’s John Yoo, a former Justice Department attorney who advocated the use of torture after 9/11, was interviewing Justice Thomas at the American Enterprise Institute event; Yoo did not ask him about the controversy surrounding Supreme Court decisions related to the 2020 presidential election, or his wife Virginia Thomas’s text messages to Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, urging him to reject the results. of the elections.

Justice Thomas was also the only dissenting vote in the high court’s January decision to reject Trump’s attempt to withhold documents from a congressional investigation into the attack on the US Capitol on January 6.

Judge Alito’s opinion in the dobbs Justice Thomas and three other Republican-appointed conservatives on the court are joining the case, according to Politico, which first reported the draft.

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