Clarence Thomas Celebrates 25 Years on the Supreme Court Standing Up for Life

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 26, 2016   |   2:52PM   |   Washington, DC

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has been a champion for life on the high court for the past 25 years.

From the time he was appointed in 1991, Thomas’s views on the Constitutionality of abortion have been giving hope to pro-lifers and causing fury among abortion activists. He marked his 25th year on the court on Oct. 23, according to the Weekly Standard.

Back in the 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Thomas joined in the conservative justices’ dissent, which stated, “We believe that Roe was wrongly decided, and that it can and should be overruled …”

The African American justice has been consistent in his opposition to abortion on the court. This summer, he wrote a strong dissent in the Texas case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, in which a majority of the justices struck down regulations that required abortion facilities to meet basic health and safety standards.

Thomas said the majority of justices were doing the bidding of the abortion industry and deciding to “bend the rules” to create a “putative right to abortion.”

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He wrote, “Today the Court strikes down two state statutory provisions in all of their applications, at the behest of abortion clinics and doctors. That decision exemplifies the Court’s troubling tendency ‘to bend the rules when any effort to limit abortion, or even to speak in opposition to abortion, is at issue.’”

He continued, “… today’s decision creates an abortion exception to ordinary rules of res judicata, ignores compelling evidence that Texas’ law imposes no unconstitutional burden, and disregards basic principles of the severability doctrine. I write separately to emphasize how today’s decision perpetuates the Court’s habit of applying different rules to different constitutional rights— especially the putative right to abortion.”

Thomas added: “Eighty years on, the Court has come full circle. The Court has simultaneously transformed judicially created rights like the right to abortion into preferred constitutional rights, while disfavoring many of the rights actually enumerated in the Constitution.”

According to his autobiography “My Grandfather’s Son,” Thomas was born into a live of extreme poverty in Georgia. His grandparents took them in and raised them when his mother struggled to care for him and his siblings. Thomas said his grandfather especially influenced his life, pushing him to work hard and get a good education.

Thomas worked hard and eventually earned a law degree from Yale Law School. In 1991, he was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Thomas told the Weekly Standard this week, “I always tell my wife that my whole life is just one miracle after another because it doesn’t make any sense anymore, because it should have ended tragically.”