‘How very judicial’: Justice Samuel Alito blasted for taking dig at Prince Harry over Roe v Wade

'It is hard to convince people that religious liberty is worth defending,' Alito said in a recent speech


                            ‘How very judicial’: Justice Samuel Alito blasted for taking dig at Prince Harry over Roe v Wade
Justice Samuel Alito has criticized Prince Harry for his stand against the overturning of Roe v Wade (Getty Images/ Erin Schaff-Pool and David Dee Delgado)
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Supreme Court judge Samuel Alito reportedly took a dig at Prince Harry and other world politicians in a recent speech and had to face the wrath of the Internet. On July 21, Alito was speaking at a conference on religious liberty hosted by the University of Notre Dame Law School in Rome, where he addressed the criticisms he and his fellow conservative justices faced after Roe v Wade was overturned.

He said, as reported by ABC News, “What really wounded me, what really wounded me, was when the Duke of Sussex addressed the United Nations and seemed to compare the decision -- whose name may not be spoken -- with the Russian attack on Ukraine.” The 72-year-old went on to mock UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.

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He remarked, “I had the honor this term of writing I think the only Supreme Court decision in the history of that institution that has been lambasted by a whole string of foreign leaders who felt perfectly fine commenting on American law.” Alito then went on to discuss Johnson's resignation and stated: “One of these was former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but he paid the price.”

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U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito testifies about the court's budget during a hearing of the House Appropriations Committee's Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee March 07, 2019 in Washington, DC. Members of the subcommittee asked the justices about court security, televising oral arguments and codes of ethics for the court. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito testifies about the court's budget during a hearing of the House Appropriations Committee's Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee March 07, 2019 in Washington, DC (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Alito added: “It is hard to convince people that religious liberty is worth defending if they don’t think that religion is a good thing that deserves protection. The challenge for those who want to protect religious liberty in the United States, Europe, and other similar places is to convince people who are not religious that religious liberty is worth special protection. That will not be easy to do.”

The apex court judge’s bitter words aimed at the Duke of Sussex came after he said during his UN speech on Nelson Mandela International Day, “From the horrific war in Ukraine to the rolling back of constitutional right in the US we are witnessing a global assault on democracy and freedom, the cores of Mandela's life.” In his address, Harry seemed to refer to the June 24 ruling.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, speaks at the United Nations General Assembly on Nelson Mandela International Day at U.N. headquarters on July 18, 2022 in New York City. Nelson Mandela International Day was officially declared by the United Nations in November of 2009 and was first celebrated on July 18, 2010. The 2020 U.N. Nelson Mandela Prize is being awarded to Mrs. Marianna Vardinogiannis of Greece and Dr. Morissanda Kouyaté of Guinea. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, speaks at the United Nations General Assembly on Nelson Mandela International Day at U.N. headquarters on July 18, 2022 in New York City (David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, several on Twitter took offense at Alito's comments. A user sarcastically said, “How very judicial.” Another tweeted: “Batsh*t crazy.  No other explanation.” Someone wrote, “He's such an unjustifiably arrogant ignoranus enamored of his phallacious fantasies. I pity the women in his family. Hope they were able to escape and get therapy.” “To Alito From 🇨🇦 women Keep Trudeau’s (and Harry’s) name out of your filthy mouth,” another fumed.

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An abortion-rights activist holds a sign depicting Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Amy Coney Barrett, Neil M. Gorsuch, and Brett M. Kavanaugh during a demonstration outside a Planned Parenthood clinic as they safeguard the clinic from a possible protest by a far-right group on July 16, 2022 in Santa Monica, California. On July 9, a protest by far-rights groups outside the clinic forced it to shut down early. The Supreme Court's recent decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health overturned the landmark 50-year-old Roe v Wade case and erased a federal right to an abortion. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
An abortion-rights activist holds a sign depicting Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Amy Coney Barrett, Neil M. Gorsuch, and Brett M. Kavanaugh during a demonstration outside a Planned Parenthood clinic as they safeguard the clinic from a possible protest by a far-right group on July 16, 2022 in Santa Monica, California (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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A tweet attacking him read, “He is a sexist religious bigot who cares nothing for anything other than himself. How dare he criticise men who would stand up for women's right to choose, and us prepared for women and girls to die for no good reason.” “An embryo isn’t a baby; an embryo shouldn’t have more rights than an actual human being. Girls as young as ten get raped and are forced to risk their lives to give birth, but that’s not slaughter to you, is it? Your mom did a terrible job, I’m sorry she didn’t have a termination,” another tweet added.

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