'Disgusting': Clarence Thomas skewered for citing claim that COVID-19 vaccines come from 'aborted children'
United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas referenced a claim on Thursday that COVID-19 vaccines are engineered from cells taken from terminated pregnancies.
"The conservative Justice’s statement came in a dissenting opinion on a case in which the Supreme Court declined to hear a religious liberty challenge to New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate from 16 health care workers. The state requires that all health care workers show proof of vaccination," Politico reported.
Thomas, one of the six right-wing jurists in the Court's majority who has upended decades of legal precedents in a slew of recent rulings, wrote that the petitioners "object on religious grounds to all available COVID–19 vaccines because they were developed using cell lines derived from aborted children."
Politico explained that allegation is preposterous:
None of the COVID-19 vaccines in the United States contain the cells of aborted fetuses. Cells obtained from elective abortions decades ago were used in testing during the Covid vaccine development process, a practice that is common in vaccine testing — including for the rubella and chickenpox vaccinations.
National Geographic also quashed this myth:
The cells are grown in a laboratory and were derived from a few elective abortions performed more than three decades ago. These same cell lines are also used to test and advance our understanding of several routine drugs, including acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin, and they continue to be used for treatment research in diseases such as Alzheimer’s and hypertension.
Doctors, legislators, journalists, and casual observers were in utter disbelief and horror that a sitting Supreme Court Justice would lend credence to such an outrageous conspiracy theory, which was hatched by a propaganda outlet called First Draft in 2020 and thoroughly debunked.
\u201cClarence Thomas suggests Covid vaccines are derived from the cells of \u2018aborted children\u2019 \n\nHas he lost all his mental facilities and is being controlled by Ginni? https://t.co/v43c0JT2Sp\u201d— \ud83c\udff4\u200d\u2620\ufe0f Bob Lawrence --Obama is #1 (@\ud83c\udff4\u200d\u2620\ufe0f Bob Lawrence --Obama is #1) 1656613499
\u201cFurther proof that Thomas is viewing issues through the thick, distorted goggles of the fundamentalist Christian BS machine. What an idiot...\n\nClarence Thomas suggests Covid vaccines are derived from the cells of \u2018aborted children\u2019 https://t.co/vsRzDeaIeY\u201d— Collin Fisher, PhD\ud83c\udf3b\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Collin Fisher, PhD\ud83c\udf3b\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1656614964
\u201cSo Clarence Thomas cites DEBUNKED claim that Covid vaccines are made with cells from 'aborted children.\u2019\nThis is ABSOLUTELY INVALID AND WRONG. The world is falling apart.\u201d— Neenzmd (@Neenzmd) 1656616775
\u201cIn an opinion on Thursday, Clarence Thomas falsely claimed that Covid-19 vaccines were developed using the cells of \u201caborted children.\u201d\n\nNone of the Covid-19 vaccines in the United States contain the cells of aborted fetuses. \nhttps://t.co/zlM2IHid8x\u201d— Zack Stanton (@Zack Stanton) 1656612356
\u201cJustice Thomas has already proven that he is unfit to serve as a Supreme Court Justice. Spreading false information about a lifesaving vaccine is further evidence that he must either resign or be removed. https://t.co/bgIpIPgyxn\u201d— Jan Schakowsky (@Jan Schakowsky) 1656610533
\u201cClarence Thomas thinks COVID-19 vaccines were developed with the use of \u201caborted children\u201d because he\u2019s a fucking psychopath just like his wife.\u201d— Kate \ud83e\udd0d\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\udf3b\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Kate \ud83e\udd0d\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\udf3b\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1656613059
\u201cClarence Thomas says covid vaccine contains cells from aborted babies.\n\nHis isn\u2019t just a raving misogynist who hates privacy and civil rights; he is also profoundly ignorant, hateful and stupid.\n\nVaccines DO NOT contain any fetal cells!\nFetuses are not burned to generate power!\u201d— JHC (@JHC) 1656615220
\u201cOMG. 'Justice' Clarence Thomas just said COVID vaccines are made from the cells of 'aborted children.' What a fuckface.\u201d— Ray \u913a\u7fa1\u83ef (@Ray \u913a\u7fa1\u83ef) 1656613111
\u201c@politico Hard to wrap my head around the fact that this person is making major decisions that effect us all.\u201d— POLITICO (@POLITICO) 1656612160
\u201cHas anyone heard that Geo Washington University is going to keep Clarence Thomas as a member of that University? \n\nI hope many young people decide not to go there. Disgusting. They support spewing nonsense about fetuses being used for the Covid vaccine?\u201d— Casey Jones (@Casey Jones) 1656615138
\u201cNone of the Covid-19 vaccines in the United States contain the cells of aborted fetuses. Cells obtained from elective abortions decades ago were used in testing #ImpeachThomas\n\nThomas claims Covid vaccines are derived from the cells of \u2018aborted children\u2019.\nhttps://t.co/SyUDrxA6A7\u201d— JFKinAZ - FOCUS your ANGER into #VOTING! (@JFKinAZ - FOCUS your ANGER into #VOTING!) 1656613394
\u201cJust read that Clarence Thomas suggested COVID vaccines derive from aborted human fetuses. WTF? I've heard this nonsense from other GOP nutters and that's what they are -- nutters! So, really, we need to band together because these people do not deserve power of any type.\u201d— Paul S. Hardersen (@Paul S. Hardersen) 1656615130
\u201cAnother reason he needs to be removed. A Supreme Court Justice being influenced by conspiracy theories. \n#ImpeachClarence \n\nClarence Thomas suggests Covid vaccines are derived from the cells of \u2018aborted children\u2019 - POLITICO https://t.co/9Nmx3AetjQ\u201d— M-A.Stay\u2019Legit \u2122\ufe0f\ud83c\udde8\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\udde9\ud83c\uddea (@M-A.Stay\u2019Legit \u2122\ufe0f\ud83c\udde8\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\udde9\ud83c\uddea) 1656614724
\u201cAwesome, we have a QAnon Supreme Court Justice.\n\nClarence Thomas claims Covid vaccines are derived from the cells of \u2018aborted children\u2019 https://t.co/mbG8uP0zqe via @politico\u201d— Wajahat Ali (@Wajahat Ali) 1656608140
\u201cSo he\u2019s a QAnon crazy person like his cult following wife. https://t.co/eL74roykDm\u201d— \ud83e\ude7a Sassenach \ud83d\udc69\ud83c\udffd\u200d\ud83e\uddb1\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83e\udd1d\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@\ud83e\ude7a Sassenach \ud83d\udc69\ud83c\udffd\u200d\ud83e\uddb1\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83e\udd1d\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1656608932
This story has been updated.
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