Has Justice Clarence Thomas openly called for reversing Roe v. Wade?

Saturday, October 3, 2020
By Jacqueline Agustin

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in a dissent to a June decision blocking restrictions on abortion in Louisiana, wrote that "our abortion precedents are grievously wrong and should be overruled." His is the most explicit call by any sitting Justice to review the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which determined that the 14th Amendment's due process clause implies a "right to privacy" and protects a woman's choice to have an abortion. Justice Thomas in his June dissent called that argument "farcical."

In the June decision, other dissenting Justices based their decisions on the "balancing test," which considers fetal life and the mother's health alongside her right to an abortion.

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