In his concurring opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, Justice Clarence Thomas also took aim at the rights to contraception and same-sex marriage.
Thomas said the same reasoning the Supreme Court used when it denied that there was a right to abortion could also apply to those other rights, as well as consensual gay or lesbian sex.
“A lot of people are focused on abortion, as well they should be,” said Andrew Miltenberg, a Boston civil rights attorney. “But there’s now a fire in one room, and he just invited us to burn the whole house down.”
The court’s majority found that a right to abortion was not protected by the 14 Amendment’s due process clause.