Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the court’s opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, mocked the foreign leaders who criticized the decision in a July 21 speech.
Alito joked that he was deeply hurt by the criticism from foreign leaders during his keynote speech at the Notre Dame Religious Liberty Summit in Rome. By overturning Roe in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case June 24, the court ended a 50-year precedent that struck down any limits on abortion throughout the first six months of pregnancy as unconstitutional.
“I had the honor this term of writing, I think, the only Supreme Court decision in the history of that institution that has been lambasted by a whole string of foreign leaders who felt perfectly fine commenting on American law,” Alito said. “One of these was former Prime Minister Boris Johnson. But he paid the price.”
Johnson criticized the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe as a “backwards step” June 26. He resigned July 7 after a series of scandals and high-profile resignations within Parliament which were unrelated to the Supreme Court’s decision.
“Others are still – are still in office. President Macron and Prime Minister Trudeau, I believe, are two, but what really wounded me — what really wounded me was when the Duke of Sussex addressed the United Nations and seemed to compare the decision whose name may not be spoken with the Russian attack on Ukraine,” Alito said.
French President Emmanuel Macron criticized the court’s decision as a threat to women’s rights, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the decision “horrific.” Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, criticized the “rolling back of constitutional rights” in the U.S. in an apparent reference to the reversal of Roe during a July 18 speech to the United Nations.
France bans most abortions after 14 weeks; the limit was 12 weeks until the National Assembly voted to extend it in February. Macron opposed extending the abortion limit and said abortions after 12 weeks were “more traumatizing” for women, according to The Guardian.
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