The U.S. Supreme Court is set to weigh in on a case that could impact the future of abortion rights across America.
During oral arguments on Wednesday, Justice Clarence Thomas drew attention for his reaction to pro-abortion advocates who declared that the right to obtain such services is enshrined in the Constitution.
“What specifically is the right here that we’re talking about?” the conservative justice asked, according to Townhall.
CLARENCE THOMAS: “If we were talking about the 2nd Amendment, I know exactly what we’re talking about. If we’re talking about the 4th Amendment, I know what we’re talking about, because it’s written. It’s there. What specifically is the right here that we’re talking about?” pic.twitter.com/DUnKQAcMjp
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) December 1, 2021
“I know exactly what we’re talking about”
Justices heard arguments this week in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which involves legal challenges to a Mississippi law limiting abortion access more than 15 weeks into a pregnancy.
For his part, Thomas latched onto the argument frequently used by abortion activists that women have a constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy within the first two trimesters.
“If we are talking about the 2nd Amendment, I know exactly what we’re talking about,” Thomas advised. “If we’re talking about the 4th Amendment, I know what we’re talking about because it’s written. It’s there.”
“The liberty component”
In response, U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar insisted that the right to seek an abortion is “grounded in the liberty component of the 14th Amendment.”
For the record, that amendment declares that no state shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
Of course, for the millions of Americans who believe that abortion ends a human life in the womb, it would seem that the process actually violates the 14th Amendment’s protection of such life.
In the end, pro-abortion advocates clearly value the liberty of a woman over the life of her unborn child. It will now be up to the nation’s highest court to determine whether states like Mississippi will be permitted to place restrictions on that controversial right.
While Thomas has built a reputation as a largely silent member of the Supreme Court, he proved once again this week that his words are capable of attracting plenty of attention.