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‘Medieval Smug’ Alito Buried In Scorn For Bragging About Using His Religious Beliefs To Deprive Women of Their Rights

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Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is facing widespread backlash for mocking world leaders who criticized him for overturning abortion rights in the United States and hinting that his religious belief, not the law, was the real motive behind the decision.

The court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade sparked mass protests in the U.S. and abroad, as Western nations have generally been moving to increase abortion access.

Alito, who penned the majority opinion in overturning abortion rights, used part of his keynote speech on religious liberty at an event hosted by Notre Dame Law School in Rome to attack those who disagree with the court’s decision.

“I had the honor this term of writing, I think, the only Supreme Court decision in the history of that institution that has been lambasted by a whole string of foreign leaders,” the conservative judge said, pausing for laughter from the audience, “who felt perfectly fine commenting on American law.”

“One of these was former [British] Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but he paid the price,” Alito said mockingly, prompting more laughs. He threw in a legal joke: “Post hoc ergo propter hoc, right?”

Johnson had called the decision a “backwards step.” He recently stepped down over an unrelated string of scandals.

“But others are still in office,” Alito continued. “President [Emmanuel] Macron and Prime Minister Trudeau I believe are two.” Canada’s Justin Trudeau called the decision “horrific,” and the French leader released a statement expressing solidarity with Americans “whose freedoms have today been compromised by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Alito then attacked Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex for criticizing the ruling.

“What really wounded me, what really wounded me, was when the Duke of Sussex addressed the United Nations and seemed to compare the decision whose name may not be spoken with the Russian attack on Ukraine,” Alito said. Chuckles and groans could be heard across the audience.

Prince Harry gave a speech in mid-July to mark Mandela Day, a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life’s work. He said that “from the horrific war in Ukraine to the rolling back of constitutional rights here in the United States, we are witnessing a global assault on democracy and freedom, the cause of Nelson Mandela’s life.”

Alito’s speech was met with disdain by internet users. Watch the speech and some of the reactions below: