Clarence Thomas says Supreme Court won't be 'bullied' in wake of abortion opinion leak

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Days after a Supreme Court opinion leaked and signaled the possible overturning of a long-standing precedent for women's abortion access, Justice Clarence Thomas declared that the high court cannot be "bullied."

Thomas, the longest-serving justice on the Supreme Court now and an appointee of former President George H. W. Bush, briefly referenced the past week of protests in Washington and across the nation over the leaked draft majority opinion during the 11th Circuit Judicial Conference on Friday.

"We can't be an institution that can be bullied into giving you just the outcomes you want. The events from earlier this week are a symptom of that," Thomas said amid public protests, including some outside the Supreme Court, by abortion activists concerned over the upheaval of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

The leaked draft, authored by Justice Samuel Alito, ignited calls this week to codify Roe into law. Some liberal lawmakers, such as Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), are escalating their push to expand the number of justices on the nine-member court.

As a society, "we are becoming addicted to wanting particular outcomes, not living with the outcomes we don't like," Thomas said during a Q&A session at the Atlanta-based event.

Since the leak on May 2, the Supreme Court has verified the authenticity of the draft report but has stated it is not a final rendition of the looming opinion. If the final ruling for Dobbs. v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is unaltered, it would uphold a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy and overturn the landmark 1973 Roe decision that made abortion procedures legal throughout the nation.

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