Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Passed, What Does it Mean?

By: Kenyan Carter | News Editor

On Sept. 18, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at the age of 87. Ginsburg, who was appointed to the high court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, served the court for 27 years.

Ginsburg’s passing allows the Trump administration to appoint a third Supreme Court Justice, the other two being Justice Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

On Saturday, President Donald Trump nominated federal appeals court judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ginsburg’s seat. Voting is likely to fall under partisan lines, so Barrett’s confirmation in the Republican majority Senate is all but assured. When confirmed, the GOP will hold a solid 6-2 majority on the Supreme Court for the foreseeable future.

The future of liberal policies like the Affordable Care Act and Roe V. Wade is at risk with the conservative court. According to a CBS News poll, two-thirds of Americans support keeping Roe v. Wade in place while 29 percent favor overturning it, published in June. This has lead to worries about minority rule on the Supreme Court. 

Another factor leading to a potential minority rule is that the GOP has lost the popular vote in six of the last seven elections and yet appointed 15 out of the last 19 justices.

This has created even more increased stakes for the outcome of the 2020 presidential election on November 3rd. 

The news of Ginsburg’s passing has mobilized voters. According to Vote.org, “On the two days after Ginsburg’s death, there was a total of 40,771 new voter registrations on Saturday and Sunday, a 68-percent increase from the prior weekend.”

Ginsburg’s legacy as a liberal feminist icon has specifically inspired young voters. Vote.org said, “more than 62 percent of those registered over the last week were female, and most were between the ages of 25 and 34.”

Breahna Crosslin, Communications Manager for Planned Parenthood Generation Action at South, sees Ginsburg’s passing as a call to action. 

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg committed her life to protect the rights, freedoms, and health of people across this country,” Crosslin said. “She was a champion of gender equality, and we are grateful for the impact she had on protecting reproductive rights. It’s deeply unfortunate that her passing puts millions of people’s abortion access and reproductive rights at risk. We will honor Justice Ruth’s legacy by continuing the fight to ensure access to healthcare for all.”  

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