George Washington University has rejected demands from the left to fire Judge Clarence Thomas as an adjunct professor or to cancel his long seminar on constitutional law following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Judge Thomas voted with the majority to allow states to protect babies from abortion.
GWU students started a petition to have him removed after last week’s decision, but the university released a statement Tuesday opposing that initiative.
“Because we steadfastly support the vigorous exchange of ideas and deliberation, and because the debate is an essential part of our university’s academic and educational mission to educate future leaders willing to address the world’s most pressing problems, the university will also not resign from Justice Thomas’s job or cancel his class in response to his legal opinions,” the statement reads.
“Debate is essential to our university’s academic and educational mission,” GWU added.
“Since the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, we have heard from members of our community who deeply disagree with this decision,” added an email from the George Washington University Provost and Law School Dean. “We have also received requests from some members of the university and outside communities that the university terminate its employment with Assistant Professor and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and cancel the constitutional law seminar he teaches at the Law School. ”
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George Washington Law School student and Campus Reform correspondent Tahmineh Dahbozorgi joined Fox & Friends First on Wednesday to comment on the university’s decision.
“Of course, this has nothing to do with the law student community, his teaching style, or his popularity among law students,” Dahbozorgi told co-host Joey Jones. “This is another cancellation culture motivated by an emotional response to something students don’t like.”
“I believe that a good law school is a place where students can debate and look at any issue from all angles because we become lawyers, and we have to choose both sides of an issue and plead diligently,” Dahbozorgi said. “I am very pleased that our administration has taken such a step to defend academic integrity and freedom of expression at our law faculty.”
“I am an immigrant from Iran, and I ca to the United States because I wanted to be involved in a social debate and conversation without suffering the consequences of the government,” Dahbozorgi said. “And of course, here at George Washington University, I don’t want to experience being canceled or having students cancel professors, faculty, or other students just because they have opposing views.”
“So I know I’m not the only one who wants to oppose this trend of cancellation culture on our campus,” she continued.
As LifeNews reported, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, holding a 6-3 majority decision in the Dobbs case that “the Constitution does not grant the right to abortion” — allowing states to ban abortions and protect unborn babies. The Supreme Court also ruled 6-3 to uphold Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, allowing states to restrict abortions further and remove the false viability standard.
Chief Justice John Roberts technically voted for the verdict but, in his opinion, disagreed with the reasoning, saying he wanted to keep abortion legal but with a new standard.
Texas and Oklahoma had banned abortions before Roe was destroyed and Missouri became the first state after Roe to protect babies from abortions, and South Dakota became the 2nd. Then Arkansas became the third state to protect babies from abortion, Kentucky became 4th, Louisiana became 5th, Ohio became 6th, Utah became 7th, Oklahoma became 8th, and Alabama became 9th. This week, Mississippi took 10th, South Carolina took 11th, Texas took 12th with its pre-Roe law, and Tennessee took 13th.
Michigan, Wisconsin, and West Virginia have old pro-life laws on the books, but able whether they apply and will be enforced.
Ultimately, as many as 26 states could immediately or expeditiously ban abortions and protect babies from certain death for the first time in nearly 50 years.
The 13 states with trigger laws that effectively ban all or most abortions are Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
“Abortion poses a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of any state from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey have usurped that authority. We now reject those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.
“Roe was wrong from the start. The reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Alito wrote. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have fueled debate and deepened divisions.”
This is a milestone for the Pro-Life movement and our entire nation. After nearly 50 years of staining the moral fabric of our country, Roe v. Wade is no more.
Judges Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer wrote a joint dissent condemning the decision to allow states to impose “draconian” restrictions on women.
Polls show that Americans support abortion.