Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is expected to be released from Silbey Memorial Hospital in Washington DC soon after being treated for “flu like symptoms” over the weekend.
Justice Thomas was hospitalized with an infection on Friday and according to Supreme Court spokesperson Patricia McCabe, “His symptoms are abating, he is resting comfortably, and he expects to be released from the hospital in a day or two.”
“Justice Thomas will participate in the consideration and discussion of any cases for which he is not present on the basis of the briefs, transcripts and audio of the oral arguments,” McCabe announced in a statement.
He was diagnosed with an infection after undergoing tests and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics.
The high court reconvened Monday to hear more cases. While Thomas is not expected to participate in oral arguments in person, he will be voting on the matters after reviewing all the documents and transcripts of the arguments.
Perhaps the most prominent case is the already heard Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in which Justice Thomas is expected to vote to overturn both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey cases.
“Roe versus Wade and Planned Parenthood versus Casey haunt our country,” Mississippi Solicitor General Scott Stewart told the Supreme Court as it opened hearings on the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
“They have no basis in the Constitution,” he argued. “They have no home in our history or traditions. They’ve damaged the democratic process. They’ve poisoned the law. They’ve choked off compromise. For fifty years they’ve kept this Court at the center of a political battle that it can never resolve. And fifty years on, they stand alone: nowhere else does this Court recognize a right to end a human life.”
Under the existing laws, states are prohibited from banning abortions before viability. The result for decades has been the loss of nearly 63 million babies. Thousands of mothers have died in supposedly “safe,” legal abortions. Now the Supreme Court has agreed to re-consider this precedent and decide “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional.”