Clarence Thomas Stands Up To 'Disruptive Protesters' - SCOTUS 'Will Not Be Bullied'

Written By BlabberBuzz | Monday, 09 May 2022 05:15
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Days after a Supreme Court opinion leaked and suggested the possible overturning of a perpetual precedent for women's abortion access, Justice Clarence Thomas declared that the high court cannot be "bullied."

Thomas, the longest-serving justice on the Supreme Court now and an appointee of former President George H.W. Bush, briefly referenced the past week of protests in Washington and across the nation over the leaked draft majority opinion during the 11th Circuit Judicial Conference on Friday.

"We can't be an institution that can be bullied into giving you just the outcomes you want. The events from earlier this week are a symptom of that," Thomas said amid public protests, including some outside the Supreme Court, by abortion activists concerned over the disruption of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

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The leaked draft, written by Justice Samuel Alito, sparked calls to assert Roe into law this week. Some liberal lawmakers, such as Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), are increasing their effort to expand the number of justices on the nine-member court.

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As a society, "we are becoming addicted to wanting particular outcomes, not living with the outcomes we don't like," Thomas said during a Q&A session at the Atlanta-based event.

Since the leak on May 2, the Supreme Court has confirmed the authenticity of the draft report but has said it is not a final version of the imminent opinion. If the final decision for Dobbs. v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is unchanged, it would support a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy and overturn the landmark 1973 Roe decision that made abortion procedures legal throughout the nation.

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A pro-abortion rights protest group that insists the legacy of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be continued said it would fund protesters to participate in protests next week outside the homes of the six Republican-appointed justices in response to the court's expected ruling to overturn Roe.

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Tall security fences and concert barriers have been placed around the Supreme Court since the leak. Alito revoked an appearance at a similar event.

Thomas has long been a spoken opponent of the precedent set by Roe and even called for its overturning during arguments over Casey in 1992. Nevertheless, he did not link his comments to the present national discussion surrounding Roe.

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“We use stare decisis as a mantra when we don’t want to think,” Thomas said at the conference.

Alito famously wrote in the drafted Dobbs opinion that the court has "long recognized" that stare decisis, the legal principle that courts follow precedent, is "'not an inexorable command,' and it ‘is at its weakest when we interpret the Constitution,'" according to a copy of the draft opinion.

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