Just a few days after the leak of documents from the first draft of a majority opinion that indicated the United States Supreme Court could be poised to overthrow the landmark Roe v. Wade decision one of the judges has weighed in.
According to a report by The Washington Examiner Justice Clarence Thomas said that the nation’s high court cannot be “bullied” by the leak or the subsequent outrage by the left.
Of the nine justices currently on the court, Thomas is the longest-serving justice and was appointed by former President George H.W. Bush and confirmed in 1991. He referenced the week of protests in Washington and across the nation, when talking about the court’s position.
“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 by abortion activists concerned over of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
In the leaked document, it was shown that Justice Samuel Alito penned an opinion so against the institutionalization of abortion that it has caused calls to codify Roe with some liberal lawmakers, such as Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) pushing to expand the number of justices on the court over the possible upheaval.
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 verified the authenticity of the draft report but has stated it is not a final rendition of the looming opinion,” the Examiner reported in its coverage of the justice’s opinion.
“If the final ruling for Dobbs. v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is unaltered, it would uphold 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.”
Thomas, and several other justices, have long been opposites of Roe and called to overturn it in 1992, however little outrage since the 1973 decision has been as harsh as that of this week, and Thomas didn’t seem to care for the push: “We use stare decisis as a mantra when we don’t want to think,” Thomas said at the conference.