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At the 11th Circuit Judicial Conference in Atlanta on Friday, Justice Clarence Thomas, the longest-serving current justice on the Supreme Court, stated that the court will not be “bullied” by public outcry.

Justice Thomas continued by stating that “we are becoming addicted to wanting particular outcomes, not living with the outcomes we don’t like.”

He then followed up with “We can’t be an institution that can be bullied into giving you just the outcomes you want. The events from earlier this week are a symptom of that.”

This comes after the leak of a majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito was leaked earlier in the week that would overturn Roe v. Wade if the opinion became final.

The potential shift on the question of abortion has sparked outrage and protests across the country including at the homes of Supreme Court justices.

Justice Alito, who was supposed to attend a similar judicial conference this past week, canceled his appearance amidst the mass demonstrations and instead sent a video message where he stated that it was “impractical” for him to attend.

Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed the leak earlier in the week and echoing Justice Thomas, he stated that “To the extent this betrayal of the confidences of the Court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed. The work of the Court will not be affected in any way.”

The Chief Justice continued by stating that the leak “was a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the Court and the community of public servants who work here.”

Given the unprecedented nature of the leak and the potentially dangerous ramifications, Roberts ordered the Marshal of the Supreme Court to launch an investigation to find the individual who leaked the opinion to Politico. 

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On Thursday, Roberts stated that the leak was “absolutely appalling” and doubled down on the fact that public pressure would not impact the Court’s ultimate decision due to release this summer.

In response to this, pro-abortion activists have vandalized churches, targeted pregnancy centers, and held mass demonstrations across the United States in major cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Austin.

Additionally, Democratic legislators in Congress have called for the codification of Roe v. Wade into federal law as expressed by Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on Tuesday who declared outside the Supreme Court that “I am angry. Angry and upset and determined. The United States Congress can keep Roe v. Wade the law of the land. They just need to do it.”

With public pressure on the Supreme Court mounting, justices like Clarence Thomas seem to be unwavering in their pursuit to remain unfettered by the outcry, but only time will tell if the leaked 5-4 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will be finalized.