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Justice Thomas bows out of teaching fall seminar at GWU law school

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has canceled plans to teach a seminar this fall at George Washington University's law school. His adjunct faculty position drew controversy this summer after the court’s conservative majority overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that had established a constitutional right to abortion. Thomas joined with the majority in the June 24 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. He also wrote a concurring opinion that the court should reconsider past rulings grounded in legal reasoning similar to what the court developed in Roe, including decisions protecting rights to same-sex marriage and access to contraception. Thomas has taught at the D.C. law school since 2011; his co-instructor, a former clerk for Thomas, has told students the class will go forward.