Last week, an unknown individual leaked a draft majority opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that overturns Roe v. Wade, and rightfully returns lawmaking power over abortion back to the states.
However, it’s important to remember that the court’s decision is neither conclusive nor final, and it won’t be until an official opinion is issued.
Following the leak, Justice Clarence Thomas said that the high court won’t be “bullied” into making a decision one way or the other.
Justice Thomas made the comments in a speech to the 11th Circuit Judicial Conference, which Reuters reports is a conference made of lawyers and judges from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and federal district courts in Georgia, Florida and Alabama.
“[As a society] we are becoming addicted to wanting particular outcomes, not living with the outcomes we don’t like,” Thomas said in his speech. “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.”
And for anyone who knows anything about Justice Thomas’ life, he certainly won’t be bullied into anything.
And yet, “bully” and intimidate is exactly what the Left will do.
Over the weekend, dozens of pro-abortion protesters marched through the streets of Washington, D.C. and protested outside the houses of Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Douglas Blair, news producer for The Daily Signal, reported that this was the scene outside of the chief justice’s house on Saturday:
The scene in front of Chief Justice John Roberts’ house pic.twitter.com/vJVxxFoMNO
— Douglas Blair (@DouglasKBlair) May 7, 2022
Blair also took the following video apparently outside of Justice Kavanaugh’s home:
The marchers have made it to what appears to be Justice Kavanaugh’s house. pic.twitter.com/c5YJMULMv7
— Douglas Blair (@DouglasKBlair) May 8, 2022
Of note, under U.S. law, it may be illegal to protest at a justice’s home with the intention to influence their decision in a legal case.
Under 18 U.S.C. §1507, “Whoever … with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty, pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer … shall be fined … or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”
So far, none of Saturday’s protesters have been arrested.
Following the leak of the draft majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts said that it “was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed.”
“The work of the Court will not be affected in any way,” he added.
Justice Thomas has inarguably become the court’s most stalwart defender of preborn life.
During his more than 30-year tenure on the high court, the justice has constantly reiterated that he thinks Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided.
In fact, he’s the only justice currently on the Supreme Court who has said so outright in a judicial opinion.
In one 2020 decision by the court, Justice Thomas wrote that the Supreme Court, in previous decisions, had “created the right to abortion out of whole cloth, without a shred of support from the Constitution’s text. Our abortion precedents are grievously wrong and should be overruled.”
“Roe is grievously wrong for many reasons, but the most fundamental is that its core holding—that the Constitution protects a woman’s right to abort her unborn child—finds no support in the text of the Fourteenth Amendment,” the justice added.
Please continue to pray for the Supreme Court, and that the court will muster the intellect and courage to overturn Roe.
In particular, pray for the safety of the five justices who are currently considered the most likely to vote to overturn Roe: Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett.
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