WASHINGTON, DC, November 13, 2022—Four of the five US supreme court justices who overturned the the constitutional right to abortion at the federal level attended the ultra-conservative Federalist Society’s black-tie dinner marking its 40th anniversary.
Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the opinion in the shock decision, got a long, loud ovation at the event on Thursday night from a crowd of 2,000 people, most in tuxedos and gowns, when another speaker praised him on the overturning of Roe v Wade in June.
Such a decision gave abortion power to the States. The 1973 Roe decision, used in the era of federal protection for abortion rights, over powering States rights regarding abortions.
At a moment when opinion surveys show a 50-50 that Americans think the court is becoming more political the Court has given the power to regulate abortions to the States. The justices turned out to celebrate the group that helped Donald Trump and Senate Republicans move the American judiciary, including the supreme court, firmly to the right.
The Federalist Society has no partisan affiliation and takes no position in election campaigns, but it is closely aligned with Republican priorities, including the drive to overturn Roe.
Justice Amy Coney Barrett and Alito offered brief remarks that steered well clear of the court’s work, though Alito praised the Federalist Society for its success in the Trump years and hoped it would continue. “Boy, is your work needed today,” he said.
Chief Justice John Roberts in June joined neither the opinion nor the dissent of the three liberal-leaning justices in the bombshell Roe decision.
After Donald Trump filled the seat left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2020 with Amy Coney Barrett, the court achieved a conservative super-majority.
Source: The Guardian wrote the original article.