A Principled Defense of Justice Clarence Thomas

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The recent decision by the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (2022), which overturned abortion rights provided by Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), has been a source of concern and controversy. The abortion debate understandably arouses passions as people on both sides of the issue feel as though they are the rightful occupants of the moral high ground, and they fail to see the other side as anything but deeply evil. Those who are resolutely against abortion believe in the sanctity of life and that terminating life on the basis of personal expediency is the height of self-centeredness and rank immorality. Those who are supportive of abortion rights believe that liberty fundamentally entails having agency over one’s body and reproductive system, which means not being forced by an intrusive government to carry unwanted—or, in some instances, dangerous— pregnancies to term. 

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