After receiving death threats and boycott threats for his concurring opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has withdrawn from teaching at the George Washington University Law School. He was a part of the conservative majority that overturned the 1973 rule in late June, making abortion more difficult for women in the 25 states where it is illegal.
Justice Thomas, at the ripe old age of 74, has been leading a seminar at the private legal school in Washington, DC since 2011, and was scheduled to do so again this autumn alongside Judge Gregory Maggs of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
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In a statement released by the university, it was revealed that Justice Thomas had notified GW Law that he would not be able to co-teach a constitutional law program this fall.
In his financial disclosure for the year 2021, Justice Thomas stated that he made a total of $10,000 (£8,225) from his teaching at the law school.
Following the verdict in June, thousands of students signed an online petition demanding the university sever ties with Justice Thomas. However, university officials have refused to comply with this demand. As of Wednesday afternoon, the petition had received more than 11,000 signatures from supporters.
Christopher Bracey, the provost of the university, and Dayna Bowen, the dean of the law school According to reports, Matthew stated in an email that Justice Thomas would not be sacked despite the fact that the university and its law school did not share his beliefs.