Judge Samuel Alito delivered a lecture at the Catholic University of America Law School.
The judge explained how his Catholic faith influences his judicial work, according to Reuters.
Alito, who wrote the majority decision overturning Roe v. Wade, didn’t mention the historic case.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said this week that his Catholic faith compels him to consider the impact that High Court decisions have on ordinary people.
Earlier this year, the conservative judge wrote the majority opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade, reversing the nearly 50-year-old historic decision that legalized abortion across the country.
Several Republican states have since banned the procedure or severely restricted access. By September, at least 15 states had shut down nearly all abortion services.
In the months following the reversal, people across the country began to feel its effects, including a 10-year-old boy from Ohio who was forced to cross state lines to access abortion care in July and a 16-year-old orphan who was forced by a Florida court to have her baby because she wasn’t “mature” enough to have an abortion.
Alito delivered the inaugural lecture on Tuesday for a new program at the Catholic University of America’s law school called the Project on Constitutional Originalism and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, according to Reuters. In his speech, the judge explained how his personal faith affects his judicial responsibility.
Alito acknowledged that his work as a judge can have an “indirect” but nonetheless “powerful” impact, the outlet reported.
“It’s important to keep in mind that these decisions are not abstract discussions – they have a real impact on the world,” he reportedly told the audience.
But his remarks notably lacked any mention of the annulment of Roe v. Wade, nor did he address any of the additional hot cases from the previous court session, including rulings expanding gun rights and the federal government’s ability to address climate change. .
Alito has also avoided all of the criticism he has leveled recently at vocal opponents of Roe’s overthrow, focusing his speech primarily on Catholicism and the law, according to Reuters.
His lecture comes just days before the Supreme Court begins its next term.
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