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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Friday that the high court’s reputation had been permanently damaged by the recent leak of a draft opinion that would overturn Roe v.

Wade and eliminate the constitutional right to have an abortion.

 “What happened at the court is tremendously bad,” Thomas said on Friday at a conference in Dallas for Black conservatives. “I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them, and then I wonder when they’re gone or destabilized what we will have as a country, and I don’t think the prospects are good if we continue to lose them.”

The leak of the draft opinion is unprecedented in modern Supreme Court history. It is not publicly known who provided the opinion to Politico, which published it earlier this month. Some on the left have speculated that a conservative justice or clerk wanted to pressure fellow conservatives to maintain their support for overturning Roe. Those on the right have tended to argue that a liberal shared the opinion to create a backlash against the court.

Either way, Thomas argued on Friday that the leak has led justices to view each other with suspicion. “Look where we are, where that trust or that belief is gone forever,” he said. “And when you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I’m in, it changes the institution fundamentally. You begin to look over your shoulder.”

The remarks came during a public conversation with his former clerk John Yoo, a law professor at the University of California-Berkeley. Among progressives, Yoo is infamous for writing many of the memos that provided a legal justification for torturing people captured as part of the war against the Taliban and al-Qaeda. 

Thomas’ lamentations about the state of American institutions are, at best, selective. Following the 2020 presidential election, his wife, Virginia Thomas, repeatedly pressured White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to attempt to overturn the election based on conspiracy theories and baseless allegations of widespread fraud. In a series of text messages to Meadows obtained by the Washington Post and CBS News, she accused Biden and the left of “attempting the greatest Heist of our History” 

“Do not concede,” she wrote in a message to Meadows sent just after the election. “It takes time for the army who is gathering for his back.” Following the January 6 storming of the Capitol, she expressed her disgust with former Vice President Mike Pence, who refused to block certification of Biden’s victory.

Before his wife’s text messages were published, Clarence Thomas did not recuse himself from cases related to the 2020 election. He has also provided no indication that he will step aside from future cases tied to Trump’s effort to steal the election, despite widespread calls for him to do so. If he has any doubts about how that will impact the court’s reputation, he has kept them to himself.

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I’m 35st and can’t fit in the bath – I want the NHS to find my gastric bypass, I’m worried I’ll die if it doesn’t

A 35-stone woman who can't fit in her own bath is desperately fundraising £5,000 for a gastric bypass op abroad - as she fears she'll die waiting for surgery on the NHS.

Laura Davies says she's “always been big” but started piling on the pounds when she started taking a new medication and ballooned from a size 22 to a size 32 in just four years.

4Laura Davies tips the scales at 35 stone and is hoping to fly to Turkey for a gastric bypass operationCredit: Kennedy News

The 38-year-old can barely walk due to her huge frame, relying on her mum and 16-year-old daughter to help her around the house.

Laura admits to gorging on crisps and chocolate to cheer her up when she's down and says doctors have warned her if she doesn't do something to tackle her weight she could die young.

The mum-of-three previously followed a healthy fitness plan and dropped 3.5 stone in preparation for an NHS op in 2019.

But when the surgery was cancelled she piled the weight back on and a future op was delayed further due to covid.

Now, unable to fit in her own bath, Laura is desperate to drop the pounds and fears if she doesn't get a gastric bypass soon she may die.

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The desperate mum-of-three has set up a fundraiser in the hopes of raising £5,000 that would allow her to have the operation sooner in Turkey.

Laura, from Preston, Lancashire, said: "It's a vicious cycle, I feel depressed so I eat more to stop myself from feeling depressed so I put weight on.

"I don't eat loads but I eat the wrong things. I've got three kids and I pick off their plates after I finish my tea and eat crisps and chocolate.

"I've just got no confidence at all, the person I am now isn't the person I was a few years ago.

"My mum is my carer and my daughter has to help me doing stuff. I need a shower seat and I can't get a bath because it's an eco-bath and I don't fit in it.

"Even buying clothes [is an issue], before I could grab whatever. Even though I was big, a size 22, I could buy something from Asda but now I have to go to special shops and it's not cheap.

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"I've had enough now. I don't want to leave my kids and my doctor said if you don't do something you're going to end up dying young.

"It's embarrassing to have to ask for money but I need to be here for my girls. I have to try everything to try and get this.

"I'm terrified of being one of those people who's stuck in the house but I'm also so embarrassed.

"I never will be skinny and that's fine, I just want to be healthy and be able to walk more and play with the kids rather than watch on the side lines. I've tried many diets so this isn't a quick fix."

Back in 2019, Laura was put on the list for a gastric bypass and shed 3.5 stone in preparation but she put the weight back on when the op was cancelled.

I need a shower seat and I can't get a bath because it's an eco-bath and I don't fit in it.

Laura Davies

Tragically, Laura doesn't believe her body could survive if she has to wait another four years.

Laura said: "I've lost a lot of weight in the past. I've always been big but even when I was 18 stone, I went to the gym three or four times a week.

"When I first started putting weight on, I was doing aqua zumba and I was trying to lose the weight but it was just an uphill battle.

"I had a fitness plan made by a PT. I was walking and I was so overweight but I had some fitness and now because I've put the 10 stone on it's so much harder. I can barely walk.

"I was told to lose five per cent of my body weight and keep it off. I got referred to the NHS, you have to be educated on how to eat properly then you see a psychologist and dietician.

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"I'm on medication and the doctor said I had to be stable on it for six months. I've been stable for years but I had to get them updated and upped and they said that's classed as 'unstable' so they'd have to discharge me.

"I couldn't apply again for six months, then because of covid it was another eight months then I'd have to start all over again.

"I need to do something. If it's another four years on the NHS I'll be in my forties if I'm still here."

Laura was forced to give up work as a cleaner and her master's degree in criminology because of how her weight was affecting her health.

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But she's hopeful that after surgery she'll be able to get back into education and work.

Laura said: "[Having the op means] I'll be more of a hands-on mum, be able to play with the kids and go back to work.

"It'll give me some life back before I'm too old to enjoy it. I'd love to go and work but I couldn't be on my feet for nine hours [now]."

You can donate to Laura's page here.

Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership declined to comment.


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Lunch: Sandwich or microwave meal

Afternoon snack: Sweets

Dinner: Hunters chicken or stir fry

Late night snack: Chocolate bar and a bag of crisps

4Laura, 38, says she's trapped in a 'viscous cycle' and desperately wants to lose weightCredit: Kennedy News 4Laura says she can no longer fit in the bath and finds it difficult to walkCredit: Kennedy News 4Laura hopes to lose weight and feel like her old self againCredit: Kennedy News

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