The court has announced that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court Justice, passed away on Friday from complications from metastatic cancer at the age of 87.
Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg in recent years acted as the leading member of the liberal wing of the court, constantly delivering liberal votes on some of today’s’ most schismatic issues including health care, voting rights, abortion rights, affirmative action, immigration and same-sex marriage.
She had suffered from multiple bouts of cancer, with the most recent recurrence in early 2020 whereby a biopsy exposed liver lesions. She had initially claimed that chemotherapy was outputting “positive results” allowing her to keep up her active daily activities.
Ginsburg’s work prior to taking the bench made her well-known when she was serving as an American Civil Liberties Union advocate becoming the planner of a legal blueprint that brings to court cases that would assure the application to the gender of the 14th Amendment’s promise of equal protection. On taking the bench, she gained the reputation of being a “judge’s judge” due to the transparency of her points of view that gave sincere counseling to lower courts.
She was possibly best known at the Supreme Court for her written viewpoint in the United States vs Virginia, a conclusion that labeled the state-funded Virginia Military Institute’s all-male admissions policy as unconstitutional due to the banning of women applicants.
With her death occurring with Election Day less than 7 weeks away, a political fight has been opened up over the courts’ future. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, addressed her death on Friday evening stating that a vote on the United States Senate floor will be received by President Trump’s nominee. However, Clara Spera, Ginsburg’s granddaughter, claims that Ginsburg dictated to her days before she passed on making it known that she preferred the next president to appoint her replacement, according to NPR.
Upon receiving news of her death on Friday evening, President Donald Trump stated that he considered Ginsburg an “amazing woman that lived an amazing life”. Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, commended Ginsburg as a “beloved figure” and a “legal profession giant”, before stating in concise on-camera remarks on Friday evening that everyone should concentrate on her loss and her lasting legacy.
Over the years, Ginsburg gained rockstar status being nicknamed the “Notorious R.B.G.”. She was a regular receiver of standing ovations in speaking performances done before liberal audiences across the country as she talked on her thoughts about the law, she often charged dissents and her famous exercise routine. Chief Justice John Roberts spoke of her death claiming that the Supreme Court is in mourning having lost a treasured colleague but remains confident that Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be remembered by future generations as they knew her – a resolute and tireless champion of justice.
According to the courts, Ginsburg passed on in her house in Washington, DC, surrounded by close family members.