In Wednesday’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States on the monumental Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Justice Clarence Thomas questioned the U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar, asking if she could point to what specific right Roe v. Wade protects in the Constitution, comparing the request to the “right to bear arms” found in the Second Amendment.
According to RealClearPolitics, Justice Thomas asked, “Would you specifically tell me, specifically state, what the right is? Is it specifically abortion? Is it liberty? Is it autonomy? Is it privacy?”
“The right is grounded in the liberty component of the 14th Amendment, Justice Thomas,” Prelogar stated. “But I think it promotes interests in autonomy, bodily integrity, liberty, and equality. I think it is specifically the right to abortion here, the right of a woman to be able to control without the state forcing her to continue a pregnancy whether to carry that baby to term.”