Seated from left: Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor, Standing from left: Brett Kavanaugh, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett.
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Alexia Korberg was one of the lawyers who argued against the repeal of Roe v. Wade at the SCOTUS.
Korberg said that the “devastating” decision could spell trouble for all other legally protected rights.
In his opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas called for same-sex marriage to be “reconsidered.”
One of the lawyers who litigated Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization before the Supreme Court told Insider that the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday could set up a catastrophic backsliding of fundamental liberty rights.
Supreme Court justices voted 5-4 on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, in a majority opinion supported by conservative Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
The core of the challenge to abortion rights that had been codified for 50 years was a Mississippi law that aimed to ban abortion after 15 weeks – which is stricter than the 24-week standard set by Roe v. Wade.
“The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision,” Alito wrote in the opinion.
Clarence Thomas alluded that rulings dealing with access to contraception and same-sex marriage should be “reconsidered” in his opinion.
Alexia Korberg, a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, was one of the lawyers who pushed hard against the repeal of abortion rights on behalf of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization. They were also involved in United States v. Windsor, successfully suing the government and winning one of the most consequential supreme court decisions which helped lead to the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage.
They told Insider that they are now worried about a further repeal of liberty rights — or rights that then make certain actions permissible, like abortion — which is the exact reality that Thomas described in his opinion.
Thank you for taking the time to chat on this day. Can you describe to me the depth of you and your clients’ reactions to today’s SCOTUS decision?
Although I’ve spoken to our clients, I can’t begin to imagine or articulate how the people who risk their lives every single day to provide abortion care are feeling knowing that so many pregnant people will no longer be able to access this critical healthcare and exert …read more
Source:: Business Insider