Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas just exposed the hypocrisy of fellow justices who referred to minors who have committed murder as “children” yet call the same people “young women” in the context of discussing minors in abortions cases.
The statement took place Thursday in the ruling on Jones v. Mississippi. The court’s decision upheld a judge’s ability to give life without parole to juvenile offenders guilty of homicide.
Thomas noted “the Court’s language in this line of precedents is notable.”
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“When addressing juvenile murderers, this Court has stated that ‘children are different’ and that courts must consider ‘a child’s lesser culpability,’” Thomas wrote.
“And yet, when assessing the Court-created right of an individual of the same age to seek an abortion, Members of this Court take pains to emphasize a ‘young woman’s’ right to choose,” he added.
Thomas has often noted pro-life concerns within the Supreme Court. In a 2019 case, Thomas argued, “The notion that anything in the Constitution prevents States from passing laws prohibiting the dismembering of a living child is implausible.”
Language remains a vital part of any court discussion. Thomas has noted the inconsistent use of language on the issue of abortion in the courts, a topic of relevance to multiple potential upcoming cases.