Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas expressed frustration with liberal justices on Thursday for their apparent hypocrisy in deeming minors mature enough to procure an abortion but not mature enough to suffer the full penalty of the law for murder and other violent crimes.
"When addressing juvenile murderers, this Court has stated that ‘children are different' and that courts must consider ‘a child's lesser culpability," said Thomas. "And yet, when assessing the Court-created right of an individual of the same age to seek an abortion, Members of this Court take pains to emphasize a ‘young woman's right to choose.'"
After naming multiple cases as example, he continued by pointing how the "Court's view of the maturity of minors ebbs and flows depending on the issue."
Thomas made the comments in the footnotes of the case of Jones v. Mississippi, which addressed the sentence of a criminal, Brett Jones, who brutally stabbed his grandfather to death at age 15.
The court ruled 6-3 Thursday to not impose new restrictions that would allow minors to receive life in prison without the possibility of parole. The court has previously ruled that life sentences for minors convicted for homicide were "cruel and unusual punishment" and therefore a violation of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution.