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Thomas joined three of his colleagues to dissent in the 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey
EPIC SPLIT DECISION!
Held: The judgment in No. 91-902 is affirmed; the judgment in No. 91-744 is affirmed in part and reversed in part, and the case is remanded.

JUSTICE SCALIA, joined by THE CHIEF JUSTICE, JUSTICE WHITE, and JUSTICE THOMAS, concluded that a woman's decision to abort her unborn child is not a constitutionally protected "liberty" because (1) the Constitution says absolutely nothing about it, and (2) the longstanding traditions of American society have permitted it to be legally proscribed. See, e. g., Ohio v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health, 497 U. S. 502, 520 (SCALIA, J., concurring). The Pennsylvania statute should be upheld in its entirety under the rational basis test. Pp. 979-981.

O'CONNOR, KENNEDY, and SOUTER, JJ., announced the judgment of the Court and delivered the opinion of the Court with respect to Parts I, II, III, V-A, V-C, and V, in which BLACKMUN and STEVENS, JJ., joined, an opinion with respect to Part V-E, in which STEVENS, J., joined, and an opinion with respect to Parts IV, V-B, and V-Do STEVENS, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, post, BLACKMUN, J., filed an opinion concurring in part, concurring in the judgment in part, and dissenting in part, post, REHNQUIST, C. J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment in part and dissenting in part, in which WHITE, SCALIA, and THOMAS, JJ., joined, SCALIA, J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment in part and dissenting in part, in which REHNQUIST, C. J., and WHITE and THOMAS, JJ., joined

Chief Justice John Roberts was left out in the cold when he repeatedly suggested the court could move the viability line without completely overturning the precedent.
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Critics were then shocked when Thomas first related abortion to eugenics, but now that idea is more commonplace in the movement to ban abortion.
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Thanks to procedural guidelines from Covid-19 [?], Thomas -- who was once silent in arguments for 10 years -- now asks the first question [!!] in every argument session.
What were the questions? SCOTUS oral argument transcripts, 2010-2021
It is in no way guaranteed that Thomas would write the opinion in Dobbs even if he has seniority [tenure, 1991-present] in the majority, but the possibility is indicative of his new position of power on the high court and his influential career that has shaped the high court's direction over the last 30 years.
needs moar "original" sex offender, definitely more "liberal" O'CONNOR, KENNEDY, and SOUTER ideological nuance for millenials

archived let the yella press pick yer villains

by Cat on Sun Dec 12th, 2021 at 02:55:34 AM EST
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