Another Clarence Thomas?

Armando over at Daily Kos suggests that we should view Judge Roberts' embrace of the right to privacy in front of the Congress today with due skepticism. His number one reason, Clarence Thomas:


Appointed to the Supreme Court in 1991 after a lengthy and bitter confirmation process, Justice Thomas is considered one of the most conservative justices on the bench, usually voting with Justice Scalia. He is staunchly opposed to abortion and believes that Roe should be overruled. In Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, Thomas joined with Rehnquist when he wrote: "We believe that Roe was wrongly decided, and that it can and should be overruled."
Also in Casey, Thomas joined Justice Scalia when he wrote: "The issue is whether it [the right to choose] is a liberty protected by the Constitution of the United States. I am sure it is not."
Justice Thomas has even voted to overturn a measure protecting women seeking abortion care from harassment, joining Justice Scalia's scathing dissent in Hill v. Colorado that termed the Court's decisions regarding abortion a "contradiction of constitutional principles."
At his confirmation hearing, Justice Thomas assured Senators that he believed in the doctrine of stare decisis and denied any strong feelings on the abortion debate. His support of Scalia's dissent in Casey indicates otherwise. Critics have even suggested that Justice Thomas perjured himself in his Senate hearing in order to be confirmed. [Prochoice.org via Daily Kos]
The message to Democrats: caveat emptor.
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