OK, leaving aside the obvious irony of a black man embracing originalism* – Clarence Thomas has created for himself a glaring contradiction in his opinion on the California law forbidding sales of violent video games to minors. But first, you have to remember that he’s adamantly Right to Birth.
Thomas opined in the Brown video game case that the founders clearly believed that children have no first amendment rights and that parents had complete authority over their children and the ability to make all decisions for them. His opinion goes on to glorify the absolute authority of Puritan parents and notes approvingly that, in colonial Massachusetts, child “committed a capital offense if he disobeyed ‘the voice of his Father, or the voice of his Mother.’ ”
So, if it’s ok to kill your child, and according to Thomas, an embryo is a child, why isn’t abortion ok?
*Originalism: The belief that you can read the minds of dead people.