Justice Samuel Alito criticized global politicians, notably British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, for criticizing U.S. law. Justice Alito was the author of the historic 6-3 Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision that overturned fifty years of Supreme Court abortion precedent, according to The Washington Examiner.
He paid the price, Alito stated in reference to Johnson’s plans to resign after receiving harsh criticism for his leadership from members of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party.
Following the June 24 decision by the high court, which allowed states to enact laws severely restricting and banning abortions, Alito criticized other world leaders, including the prime ministers of Canada and France, including French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“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 who felt perfectly fine commenting on American law,” Alito said, sporting a beard and giving a previously unannounced speech that was delivered on July 21 at a conference on religious liberty in Rome hosted by the Religious Liberty Institute at Notre Dame Law School.
In his Rome speech on religious liberty, Justice Alito mocked “foreign leaders” who condemned his opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, including Boris Johnson, Macron, Trudeau, and … Prince Harry.
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) July 28, 2022
The university on Thursday afternoon posted a video of Alito’s approximately 36-minute lecture, which was the first he has given since the written judgment last month. The Bush appointee not only disparaged world leaders, but he also made fun of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, who brought up the high court’s abortion verdict in a speech to the U.N. last week.
“But 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 in a mocking voice.
Harry discussed the conflict in Ukraine in a speech on July 18 where he also bemoaned “the pulling erosion of fundamental rights here in the United States,” apparently alluding to the Dobbs ruling. Roman Catholic Alito spent a significant chunk of his address arguing that a “growing hostility to religion” has further undermined support for religious liberty.
“The problem that looms is not just indifference to religion, it’s not just ignorance about religion,” Alito said. “There’s also growing hostility to religion, or at least the traditional religious beliefs that are contrary to the new moral code that is ascendant in some sectors. It is hard to convince people that religious liberty is worth defending if they don’t think that religion is a good thing that deserves protection,” Alito added.