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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg (born March 15, 1933, Brooklyn, New York) is a hell-on-wheels, spitfire Supreme Court Justice[1] and the first Jewish woman on the Supreme Court. [2] Still kicking at 85, with a half-missing pancreas and a heart which was reconstructed by Stark Industries.

Part of the court's liberal wing, she is the only American Supreme Court Justice who has ever carried a powerful feminist voice. Even facing five conservatives who are determined to push abortion back into the alleys and make women accept that they are just silly women, and too damn bad, the Honorable Ginsburg stands against them (literally) reading chastising dissents saying "we won't go lightly into the night" while arguing points in law, which does not reflect well on non-silly women anywhere.

Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court, Ms. Ginsburg was an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union; she was the founder of their Women's Rights Project.

Political sphere[edit]

As a judge, some of her comments in the political sphere have gained somewhat unwanted attention for Ginsberg. In 2016, a fake quote was put about by supporters of Donald Trump, claiming that Ginsberg would resign if Trump became POTUS. This was based off comments Ginsberg made about "the next president, whoever she will be", which was obviously seen as an attack on Trump. The website making these claims was a "hybrid" site of truthful and satirical news.[3] In the same year, she also called Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem "dumb and disrespectful", whilst arguing that it was within his constitutional rights to do such a thing. Which it is.[4]

Famous opinions and dissents[edit]

Justice Ginsburg was one of four dissents to Bush v. Gore. She outlined what has been seen by many as a clear violation of the role of the SCOTUS, and did not hold back in her written dissent to chastise the Court at large. She stated in her opinion:

All respect for the office of the presidency aside, I assumed that the obvious and unadulterated decline of freedom and constitutional sovereignty, not to mention the efforts to curb the power of judicial review, spoke for itself.

She wrote the opinion in Stenberg v. Carhart (2000), where she commented that Roe v. Wade may have actually hindered women's rights, by making into "soft law" that which should have been legislated. While it was, she states, the right thing to do at the time, judicially, it caused a backlash because it was only a ruling by the Court and not the law from elected representatives.

In 2007, she wrote two scathing dissents, one in Gonzales v. Carhart (in which the majority upheld the ban on late-term abortions) chastising the Court for treating women as second class citizens, belittling their intelligence and ability to make decisions, and treating them like children by saying that the State must protect women from bad choices.

In 2014, she wrote a fiery dissent in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby which gave corporations religious rights. Her dissent centered on the dangerous precedent the court had set by broadening its definition on "religious liberty" and the burden it would levy on women's rights.

Trans bathrooms[edit]

In 1975, RBG suggested that the Equal Rights Amendment shouldn't be opposed because of the "potty issue". This statement was about the manufactured fear that a constitutional amendment barring sex discrimination would force the creation of unisex bathrooms.[5] Though, this view is clearly transphobic it would be fallacious to state that she has held this view in modern times.

Cancer survivor[edit]

RBG was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009. Normally, the five year survival chance is 5%. She is still living and working, some nine years later.

Quotes[edit]

On a woman's right not to tell her husband about a pregnancy and abortion:

I said on the equality side of it, that it is essential to a woman's equality with man that she be the decision-maker, that her choice be controlling.
The state controlling a woman would mean denying her full autonomy and full equality.
I would not like to be the only woman on the court.

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