George Washington has defended the appointment of Justice Thomas

Thousands of people have signed a petition to George Washington University seeking to terminate George Washington University’s job as an assistant instructor of law based on its position in last week’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, which upheld Wade’s 1973 court ruling. Thomas was not only in favor of the majority of Dobbs, but also issued a separate agreement that he and his colleagues should “reconsider all the paradigm of this court proceedings, including Griswold, LawrenceAnd Overfell. Because any substantive due process decision is ‘apparently wrong’, we have a responsibility to ‘correct’ the errors established in those precedents. “

“With the recent Supreme Court decision that deprived pregnant people of their right to physical autonomy, and with its clear intention to deprive more isolated people of their rights and remove their ability to practice safe sex without fear of pregnancy. Clearly, the appointment of Clarence Thomas to George Washington University is completely unacceptable, ”reads the student-led petition, which raises concerns about the efforts of Thomas’ wife, Virginia Thomas, to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election in Donald’s favor. Trump. “While also factoring in his wife’s role in the coup attempt in January 2021, Judge Thomas is actively making the lives of thousands of students on our campus insecure (not to mention thousands of campuses across the country). Hear your voice and help us get Clarence Thomas out of the foggy bottom. “

Thomas will co-teach a constitutional law course in George Washington in the fall, as he has done for many years.

Christopher Alan Brassey, Provost, and George Washington’s Dean of Law, Diana Bowen Matthew, said in a statement: “Since the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling has been overturned. Rowe vs. Wade, We have heard from members of our community who have expressed deep disagreement with this decision. We have also received requests from some members of the university and the outside community that the university cancel the job of its adjunct professor and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and cancel the constitutional law seminar he taught at law school. ”

Many requests cite Thomas’ unanimous opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson, “where he calls process theory a ‘legal fiction’ for substantive reasons,” the statement said. “Justice Thomas has been a consistent critic of the court’s legal philosophy over many years of substantive due process. Since we strongly support a strong exchange of thoughts and discussions and since debate is an essential part of our university’s academic and teaching mission to train future leaders who are ready to tackle the world’s most pressing problems, the university will not terminate Justice Thomas’ job. Or cancel his class in response to his legal opinion. “

Thomas’ opinion does not represent the opinion of George Washington University or its law school, the statement continues. “In addition, like all faculty members at our university, Justice Thomas has academic freedom and freedom of expression and inquiry.”

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