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Clarence Thomas on Abortion
Click here for 8 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • 1991: Never thought about Roe v. Wade while in law school. (Oct 2010)
  • 1991: There us a right to privacy in the 14th Amendment. (Oct 2010)
  • Defining abortion position would prejudge abortion cases. (Sep 1991)
  • Personally views back-alley illegal abortions as torture. (Sep 1991)
  • Never discussed Roe v. Wade in law school nor since. (Sep 1991)
  • Privacy is protected; no comment on application to abortion. (Sep 1991)
  • Overruling previous cases is a very serious matter. (Sep 1991)
  • Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided & should be overturned. (Jun 1992)
Clarence Thomas on Budget & Economy
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Clarence Thomas on Civil Rights
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  • Affirmative action forever discounts black achievements. (Oct 2007)
  • Analyzed and advocated unpopular positions on race. (Oct 2007)
  • Black problems should be solved by blacks. (Oct 2007)
  • Preferential policies should apply to disadvantaged whites. (Oct 2007)
  • Affirmative action has stigmatizing effects. (Oct 2007)
  • Questions "adverse impact": blacks can catch up with whites. (Oct 2007)
  • Black problems should be solved by blacks. (Oct 2007)
  • Improve black lives, consistent with conservative values. (Oct 2007)
  • Censure Bob Jones University for interracial dating ban. (Oct 2007)
  • EEOC had difficulty enforcing equal opportunity laws. (Oct 2007)
  • Coloradans entitled to be hostile toward homosexual conduct. (Aug 2005)
  • Don't recognize GLBT as a constitutionally-protected class. (Dec 2003)
  • Limit employer liability for sexual harassment by employees. (Jun 1998)
  • Employee must prove negligence to sue city for harassment. (Jun 1998)
  • Tension between affirmative help and undermining dignity. (Sep 1991)
  • Reaching out to minorities is OK; but no quotas. (Sep 1991)
  • Supports scholarships & internships for minorities & women. (Sep 1991)
  • Sodomy laws are uncommonly silly but states can enforce them. (Jun 2003)
  • 1st Amendment protects church's anti-gay funeral pickets. (Mar 2011)
  • Sociological analysis insufficient to prove gender bias. (Jun 2011)
  • State laws should not protect gay rights. (May 1996)
  • Hate crimes must be separate crimes, not just for sentencing. (Jun 2000)
  • Miranda rights can be overruled by Congress. (Jun 2000)
  • Boy Scouts may exclude gay scoutmasters. (Jun 2000)
Clarence Thomas on Corporations
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  • Sovereign immunity only applies to foreign-owned companies. (Apr 2003)
  • Ok to sue for corporate direct OR indirect negligence. (Jun 2011)
Clarence Thomas on Crime
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  • Government is not responsible for abuses in private prisons. (Jul 2009)
  • As radical, imprisoned blacks were political prisoners. (Oct 2007)
  • In criminal-appeals, saw blacks were not political prisoners. (Oct 2007)
  • Balance victimís rights with defendantís rights. (Sep 1991)
  • Due process in death penalty cases, but limited restrictions. (Sep 1991)
  • Uniform sentencing guidelines have eliminated much disparity. (Sep 1991)
  • Scientific testing requires live testimony in criminal cases. (Jun 2011)
  • International Court not grounds for stay of execution. (Jul 2011)
  • Fleeing the police is reasonable grounds for a search. (Jan 2000)
  • Shorten time between sentencing and executions. (Apr 2000)
  • OK to lengthen prison sentences retroactively. (Mar 2000)
  • Life-sentence alternative doesn't affect death sentence. (Jun 2000)
Clarence Thomas on Drugs
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  • Let states decide on medical marijuana. (Nov 2010)
  • Sentences should stand despite crack-vs.-powder rule change. (Jun 2011)
  • No tactile inspection by police for drugs. (Apr 2000)
  • Treat drug roadblocks the same as drunk-driving roadblocks. (Nov 2000)
Clarence Thomas on Education
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  • In high school, considered journalism or priesthood. (Oct 2007)
  • Graduated high school with strong discipline & strong grades. (Oct 2007)
  • School vouchers preferable to busing & welfare. (Oct 2007)
  • Focus on improving black colleges, not desegregation. (Oct 2007)
  • God in schools creates values; but wall of separation needed. (Sep 1991)
  • Vouchers needed for failing urban public schools. (Jun 2002)
  • Unconstitutional to deny scholarships to divinity students. (Feb 2004)
  • Paying taxes insufficient to oppose religious or any credits. (Apr 2011)
  • Taxpayer funding OK for parochial school materials. (Jun 2000)
Clarence Thomas on Energy & Oil
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  • No disclosure needed by Cheney energy task force. (Jun 2004)
  • Federal statutes displace federal common law on CO2. (Jun 2011)
Clarence Thomas on Environment
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  • EPA, not Congress, determines when cost-benefit applies. (Jul 2009)
  • Migratory birds don't extend CWA to isolated waters. (Jan 2001)
  • Eminent domain should not take from poor to give to rich. (Jun 2005)
  • Clean Water Act does not apply to wetlands. (Jun 2006)
  • States can't request EPA to regulate CO2 greenhouse gases. (Apr 2007)
  • Can't sue polluters after they stop polluting. (Jan 2000)
  • Limit CWA restrictions to navigable waterways. (Jan 2001)
Clarence Thomas on Families & Children
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  • As child, worked on family oil truck & family farm. (Oct 2007)
  • Founders believed parents controlled speech to children. (Jun 2011)
  • Grandparents get no visitation rights unless parents agree. (Jun 2000)
  • Congress can't allow lawsuits by rape victims under 14th Am. (May 2000)
Clarence Thomas on Foreign Policy
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  • Supported stock divestiture from South Africa. (Sep 1991)
  • Vienna Convention treaty not binding on US courts. (Mar 2008)
Clarence Thomas on Free Trade
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Clarence Thomas on Government Reform
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  • Regulating commerce does not encompass 50 states' laws. (Jul 2011)
  • If Congress could regulate all commerce, why enumerate? (Jul 2011)
  • 1980: Voted for Reagan & against ever-larger government. (Oct 2007)
  • Judge's role is to interpret law, not to make policy choices. (Oct 2007)
  • Opposed the Voting Rights Act & affirmative action. (Sep 2004)
  • Limited role for courts; narrow Constitional interpretation. (Dec 2000)
  • Judges should not impose their will, but just interpret law. (Sep 1991)
  • Public campaign finance can't be based on opponent spending. (Jun 2011)
Clarence Thomas on Gun Control
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  • Interpreting Commerce Clause to ban guns is unconstitutional. (Jul 2011)
  • Felons may possess guns unless state explicitly prohibits it. (Jun 1998)
  • Right to gun ownership is individual, not collective. (Jun 2008)
Clarence Thomas on Health Care
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  • States cannot ban cigarette ads near schools. (Jun 2001)
  • States have no authority to protect patient rights. (Jun 2002)
  • States decide insurance issues, not federal government. (Jun 2006)
  • Federal law pre-empts state laws on generic drug warning. (Jun 2011)
Clarence Thomas on Homeland Security
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  • Recused himself from decision on all-male status of VMI. (Dec 2003)
  • Courts have no place in reviewing military decisions. (Jun 2004)
  • No statute gives habeas review for non-citizens outside US. (Jun 2004)
Clarence Thomas on Immigration
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  • No judicial limit on detaining illegal immigrants. (Jun 2001)
  • Automatic deportation for aliens convicted of crimes. (Jun 2001)
  • INS may hold suspects for deportation, but habeas applies. (Apr 2003)
  • AZ may revoke licenses for hiring unauthorized aliens. (May 2011)
Clarence Thomas on Jobs
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  • No back pay to illegal alien fired for union organizing. (Mar 2002)
  • Public agencies can make unilateral rules for comp time. (May 2000)
Clarence Thomas on Principles & Values
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  • 1991: Accused of sexual harassment by Anita Hill. (Oct 2010)
  • Raised by grandfather in Geechee culture. (Oct 2007)
  • Raised in both rural poverty and urban squalor. (Oct 2007)
  • Learned standard English only in high school. (Oct 2007)
  • If Church had been more anti-racist, I'd be a priest. (Oct 2007)
  • Early member of Black Student Union at Holy Cross. (Oct 2007)
  • Member of Black Republican Congressional Staff Association. (Oct 2007)
  • A poor Southern black child CAN make it to Supreme Court. (Oct 2007)
  • Sexual misconduct is age-old accusation against black men. (Oct 2007)
  • Due to Black church, Black conservatives no longer outliers. (Jun 2005)
  • OpEd: Nomination hearing showed end of Western civilization. (Dec 2003)
  • People who stand up for beliefs are culturally intimidated. (Feb 2001)
Clarence Thomas on Social Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Clarence Thomas on Tax Reform
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  • Discriminatory fuel sales tax on railroads ok. (Feb 2011)
Clarence Thomas on Technology
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  • Newspapers may not electronically reprint without permission. (Aug 2009)
Clarence Thomas on War & Peace
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Clarence Thomas on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Opposed to welfare as the "ruination" of blacks. (Oct 2007)
  • Public housing entitlements are good programs. (Sep 1991)


VoteMatch Responses
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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
1991: There us a right to privacy in the 14th Amendment: Favors topic 1
Personally views back-alley illegal abortions as torture: Favors topic 1
Never discussed Roe v. Wade in law school nor since: Neutral on topic 1
Overruling previous cases is a very serious matter: Favors topic 1
Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided & should be overturned: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Affirmative action forever discounts black achievements: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Preferential policies should apply to disadvantaged whites: Opposes topic 2
Affirmative action has stigmatizing effects: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Focus on improving black colleges, not desegregation: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Opposed the Voting Rights Act & affirmative action: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Limit employer liability for sexual harassment by employees: Opposes topic 2
Employee must prove negligence to sue city for harassment: Opposes topic 2
Tension between affirmative help and undermining dignity: Opposes topic 2
Reaching out to minorities is OK; but no quotas: Neutral on topic 2
Supports scholarships & internships for minorities & women: Favors topic 2
Sociological analysis insufficient to prove gender bias: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Hate crimes must be separate crimes, not just for sentencing: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Congress can't allow lawsuits by rape victims under 14th Am.: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Coloradans entitled to be hostile toward homosexual conduct: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Don't recognize GLBT as a constitutionally-protected class: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Sodomy laws are uncommonly silly but states can enforce them: Opposes topic 3
1st Amendment protects church's anti-gay funeral pickets: Opposes topic 3
State laws should not protect gay rights: Opposes topic 3
Boy Scouts may exclude gay scoutmasters: Opposes topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
God in schools creates values; but wall of separation needed: Favors topic 4
Public housing entitlements are good programs: Opposes topic 4
Unconstitutional to deny scholarships to divinity students: Strongly Favors topic 4
Paying taxes insufficient to oppose religious or any credits: Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
States cannot ban cigarette ads near schools: Opposes topic 5
States have no authority to protect patient rights: Strongly Opposes topic 5
States decide insurance issues, not federal government: Neutral on topic 5
Federal law pre-empts state laws on generic drug warning: Strongly Opposes topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
School vouchers preferable to busing & welfare: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers needed for failing urban public schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Taxpayer funding OK for parochial school materials: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
EPA, not Congress, determines when cost-benefit applies: Opposes topic 8
Migratory birds don't extend CWA to isolated waters: Strongly Favors topic 8
Eminent domain should not take from poor to give to rich: Favors topic 8
Clean Water Act does not apply to wetlands: Strongly Favors topic 8
Can't sue polluters after they stop polluting: Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
As radical, imprisoned blacks were political prisoners: Strongly Opposes topic 9
In criminal-appeals, saw blacks were not political prisoners: Favors topic 9
Balance victimís rights with defendantís rights: Favors topic 9
Due process in death penalty cases, but limited restrictions: Favors topic 9
Uniform sentencing guidelines have eliminated much disparity: Favors topic 9
Scientific testing requires live testimony in criminal cases: Strongly Opposes topic 9
International Court not grounds for stay of execution: Strongly Favors topic 9
Fleeing the police is reasonable grounds for a search: Favors topic 9
Shorten time between sentencing and executions: Strongly Favors topic 9
OK to lengthen prison sentences retroactively: Favors topic 9
Miranda rights can be overruled by Congress: Strongly Favors topic 9
Life-sentence alternative doesn't affect death sentence: Favors topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Interpreting Commerce Clause to ban guns is unconstitutional: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Felons may possess guns unless state explicitly prohibits it: Favors topic 10
Right to gun ownership is individual, not collective: Strongly Favors topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Discriminatory fuel sales tax on railroads ok: Favors topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
No judicial limit on detaining illegal immigrants: Opposes topic 12
Automatic deportation for aliens convicted of crimes: Strongly Opposes topic 12
No back pay to illegal alien fired for union organizing: Strongly Opposes topic 12
INS may hold suspects for deportation, but habeas applies: Opposes topic 12
AZ may revoke licenses for hiring unauthorized aliens: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Sovereign immunity only applies to foreign-owned companies: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+5 points on Social scale)
Courts have no place in reviewing military decisions: Strongly Favors topic 14
No statute gives habeas review for non-citizens outside US: Strongly Favors topic 14
Vienna Convention treaty not binding on US courts: Strongly Favors topic 14
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Public campaign finance can't be based on opponent spending: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+2 points on Social scale)
Supported stock divestiture from South Africa: Favors topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
No disclosure needed by Cheney energy task force: Strongly Opposes topic 18
States can't request EPA to regulate CO2 greenhouse gases: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Federal statutes displace federal common law on CO2: Favors topic 18
Limit CWA restrictions to navigable waterways: Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
Let states decide on medical marijuana: Favors topic 19
Sentences should stand despite crack-vs.-powder rule change: Favors topic 19
No tactile inspection by police for drugs: Opposes topic 19
Treat drug roadblocks the same as drunk-driving roadblocks: Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
1980: Voted for Reagan & against ever-larger government: Opposes topic 20

Clarence Thomas is a Moderate Libertarian Conservative.
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