SCOTUS allows Texas to ban most “very bad” but non-political abortions: Judge Breyer

Judge Breyer spoke with George Stephanopoulos about the authority of the court.

Judge Stephen Breyer said Tuesday that the recent Supreme Court ruling of 5-4 allowing Texas to effectively ban abortion statewide was “very bad,” but lacked political motivation.

“We don’t exchange votes and the members of the court have different judicial philosophies,” Breyer, the court’s highest liberal justice, told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “Good Morning America”.

“Some emphasize more text … Some, like me, probably emphasize more purposes. And the big divisions are probably a lot more in that sense than what we would think were political lines,” Breyer said.

“I thought it was a very bad decision and I disagreed,” he said.

The court’s denial of Texas abortion providers’ request to temporarily suspend state law SB8 also sparked strong criticism from Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who wrote in dissent that the court chose to “ignore the its constitutional obligations … the sanctity of its precedents and the rule of law “.

Breyer explained that “a rule of law means that sometimes you follow decisions you don’t like.”

The 83-year-old judge has published a new book – “The Authority of the Court and the Danger of Politics” – which defends the Supreme Court as a non-partisan institution whose power depends on the credibility of all Americans. the views.

“This is a treasure and has been built for many years,” Breyer told Stephanopoulos.

“I’m worried if people don’t understand it,” he said, “they won’t have confidence in our institutions. And if they don’t trust the institutions, it becomes difficult if not impossible to live in a society of 331 million people. enormous diversity “.

Breyer, the oldest member of the court, has been under intense pressure from progressives to step down while Democrats control the Senate and the White House.

He told GMA that he is thinking about retirement, but that he has not yet made any decision on the schedule.

“There are a lot of different considerations,” Breyer said. “I have no intention of dying there on the track; I hope not.”

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