Justice Alito blasts Boris Johnson, Prince Harry, and others for abortion case remarks

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito just ridiculed a number of high-profile individuals for interfering in America’s abortion debate, Breitbart News reports.  

This abortion debate has ramped up with the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. There, the court, in a majority opinion written by Alito, overturned the landmark pro-abortion case Roe v. Wade. 

A number of non-Americans have decided to interject themselves into the debate. Among them are former British prime minister Boris Johnson, French President Emanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Prince Harry, and many others.

Alito targeted them all in a recent speech that he gave in Rome, Italy, to Notre Dame Law School’s Religious Liberty Summit.

Alito does some stand-up

Alito got going by saying that he “had the honor this term of writing I think the only Supreme Court decision in the history of that institution that has been lambasted by a whole string of foreign leaders who felt perfectly fine commenting on American law.”

That’s when Alito started naming names. “One of these was former prime minister Boris Johnson — but he paid the price,” Alito said, referring to Johnson’s recent ouster. “Post hoc ergo propter hoc,” the justice joked.

From there, Alito went after Macron and Trudeau, but he said, sarcastically, “what really wounded” him were the comments made by Prince Harry at the United Nations.

“[T]he Duke of Sussex addressed the United Nations and seemed to compare the decision whose name may not be spoken with the Russian attack on Ukraine.”

Alito had the crowd laughing the whole time. He finished up this little portion of his speech by saying, “well, despite this temptation, I’m not going to talk about cases from other countries.”

On a more serious note

The main subject of Alito’s speech was religious freedom, specifically the fact that such freedom is under attack. Alito argued that action must be taken if we, as a society, want to preserve this freedom.

Alito explained why it is that religious freedom is under attack, namely, “because it is dangerous to those who want to hold complete power.” Alito also explained the difficulty proponents of religious freedom will have in their attempt to preserve it, saying:

Polls show a significant increase in the percentage of the population that rejects religion or thinks it’s just not all that important, and this has a very important impact on religious liberty, because it is hard to convince people that religious liberty is worth defending, if they don’t think that religion is a good thing that deserves protection.

Alito said that, “ultimately, if we’re going to win the battle to protect religious freedom in an increasingly secular society we will need more than positive law.”

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