Alito mocks foreign critics of Supreme Court abortion ruling

“One of them was former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but he paid the price,” joked Alito, referring to the British Tory leader’s announcement earlier this month that he would planned to quit. “Post hoc ergo propter hoc, right?” the judge added, drawing applause and laughter from the audience over a Latin phrase used to describe a fallacious argument.

Alito, sporting a new beard, went on to note that French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “are still in office” despite the volleys they launched during the decision, which allows US states to impose strict limits on abortion worldwide. pregnancy.

“What really hurt me was when the Duke of Sussex addressed the United Nations and seemed to compare the decision whose name cannot be pronounced with the Russian attack on Ukraine,” said said Alito. “Despite this temptation, I will not talk about cases from other countries.”

Most of Alito’s 36-minute speech was devoted to a discussion of religious liberty, with the justice conservative arguing that support for religious liberty is eroding because so many people now say they don’t have no religious belief.

“It’s hard to convince people that religious freedom is worth fighting for if they don’t think religion is a good thing worth protecting,” Alito said, before presenting some arguments that could find ground with what he called a “rising” number. people who reject religion or don’t see it as important.

Despite his observations on modern trends toward secularism, Alito made it clear that he saw religious faith as a natural aspiration of all human beings. “Our hearts are restless until we rest in God,” he said.

The conference that hosted Alito was organized by the Religious Liberty Institute of Notre Dame, founded in 2020. While the conference was advertised and promoted to reporters in advance, Alito’s role was kept secret. The institute or its professors have filed amicus briefs in at least five Supreme Court cases on religious liberty issues.

Alito, a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, traveled to Notre Dame last September to deliver a speech attacking critics of the court’s use of its emergency role – sometimes referred to as a “shadow case” – to resolve important legal issues.

Some of the judges canceled or rearranged the speaking engagements following POLITICO published May draft of Alito’s opinion in this term’s high-profile abortion rights case and the subsequent protests at the homes of some conservative judges. The high court also erected an 8-foot-tall riot fence around its building on Capitol Hill.

The courthouse has been closed to the public since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 – more than 28 months ago. That closure was recently extended until the end of next month, according to a timetable posted on the court’s website.

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