Media imply Clarence Thomas supports ‘debunked’ Covid vaccine theory about aborted fetal tissue

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court announced that it would not hear a case challenging New York’s vaccine mandate. In 2021, a group of anonymous healthcare workers filed a lawsuit against the state claiming that taking the vaccine would violate their religious beliefs.

The Supreme Court declined to take up the case, but Thomas, along with Justices Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito, released a dissenting opinion criticizing the decision for ignoring religious exemptions. 

Thomas included a description of the healthcare workers’ belief that some Covid vaccines were developed using aborted fetal cells.

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FILE - Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas delivers a keynote speech during a dedication of Georgia new Nathan Deal Judicial Center in Atlanta, Feb. 11, 2020.

FILE – Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas delivers a keynote speech during a dedication of Georgia new Nathan Deal Judicial Center in Atlanta, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

“Petitioners are 16 healthcare workers who served New York communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They object on religious grounds to all available COVID–19 vaccines because they were developed using cell lines derived from aborted children,” Thomas wrote.

However, many outlets, from Politico to NBC, reported that statement as Thomas’ own opinion in their headlines, despite later clarifying that he was referencing the petitioners’ claims. They further misrepresented what he wrote and said it was wrong.

Politico’s report was titled “Clarence Thomas suggests Covid vaccines are developed using cells of ‘aborted children.’” The article was also shared on Politico’s Twitter account.

“Clarence Thomas claimed in a dissenting opinion that Covid vaccines are derived from the cells of ‘aborted children,’” Politico tweeted. “No Covid vaccines in the U.S. contain the cells of aborted fetuses.”

A lone protester stands outside the U.S. Supreme Court as it hears arguments against the Biden administration's nationwide vaccine-or-testing COVID-19 mandates, in Washington, U.S., January 7, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A lone protester stands outside the U.S. Supreme Court as it hears arguments against the Biden administration’s nationwide vaccine-or-testing COVID-19 mandates, in Washington, U.S., January 7, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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