Ruth Ginsburg has lost a long battle with pancreatic cancer. According to a press release, the well-known judge died in her home in Washington, DC, spending her last moments with her family.
The death comes after, earlier this year, Ginsburg announced that he had resumed chemotherapy, after for a while he seemed to have won the fight against cancer. A prominent figure in American liberalism and the feminist movement in the United States, Ginsburg has distinguished herself by promoting women’s rights both before and after she became a constitutional judge. She has been in office for no less than 27 years, being the oldest member of the current Supreme Court.
Ginsburg’s health was long a source of anxiety and hope for American liberals, given that he was one of four members of the Supreme Court with liberal views. Her death opens the possibility for President Donald Trump to try to nominate a judge to the Supreme Court in the next period, thus extending the conservative majority. This would be the third appointment made by the President-in-Office of the United States.
“Our nation has just lost a historic jurist,” Supreme Court President John Roberts said in a press release. “I lost a valued colleague. Today, we mourn and mourn her, but we are confident that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we have known her — a tireless and steadfast fighter for justice. ”
Ginsburg has been suffering from cancer for a long time, with the latest crisis occurring in early 2020. She has been hospitalized several times in recent years, but has always returned to her work at the Supreme Court. In a statement in July, the judge said the treatment had given positive results and she would not withdraw from her role.
“I have always said that I will remain in the Supreme Court as long as I can carry out my duties with all my might. I remain perfectly capable of doing that, “Ginsburg said at the time.
What’s next in the United States
The main fear of Ginsburg’s supporters was, from the first signs of the disease, that it would be replaced by a much more conservative judge when he retired or died. The stakes cannot be high enough. The Supreme Court is the highest legal authority in the United States, often having the final say on controversial laws and disputes.
Ginsburg’s death will no doubt give rise to a fierce political struggle. Donald Trump has already appointed two judges to the Supreme Court since taking office, and the composition of the Court before the death of Bader Ginsburg was considered one with a conservative 5-4 majority in most disputes. In fact, the first signs of a fast-paced trial for the appointment of a new judge were given on Friday night. The Senate is the chamber that must accept a judge nominated by the president, and Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican senators, currently in the upper house of Congress, announced that if President Trump nominates someone before the election, the Senate will no doubt submit his proposal to vote.
Shortly before his death, Ginsburg expressed his deep disagreement with such a move. “My strongest wish is not to be replaced until we have a new president,” she told her daughter. NPR.
Ruth Ginsburg’s death instantly raises the stakes of a presidential election that is already in full swing. From now on, in addition to the White House, a very possible stake in the November elections will be the ideological balance of the Supreme Court.
It all depends on the next step Republicans choose to take. A first scenario would be for Republicans to keep the Supreme Court vacant until the end of the year, trying to motivate conservative voters to vote in large numbers for Trump with the promise of a solid future conservative majority that could change the current legal state of abortion in the United States. United, one of the thorny issues of evangelical conservatives, notes BBC.
The scenario is, however, rather unlikely, with most analysts expecting Republicans to turn the tide in the Senate to appoint a Conservative judge as soon as possible. In 2016, Republican senators denied President Obama the right to appoint a judge to the Supreme Court, hoping for a Republican president. Even if Mitch McConnel, the main voice behind Barack Obama’s usurpation of power at the time, and other Republicans will be accused of hypocrisy, the stakes are too high: potential decades of conservative ideological domination in the Supreme Court. By the way, White House sources have already told CBS that President Trump will nominate a new judge as soon as possible.
Who was Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was only the second female member of the United States Supreme Court to be nominated in 1993 by Bill Clinton. call from the United States. As he notes The Guardian, two were her fundamental beliefs throughout her career: there is discrimination against women both in the United States and in the world, and this seriously violates the American constitution.
In her 27 years on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg has been a moderate liberal. Since 2010, he has become the oldest Liberal judge in the Supreme Court, being particularly important at a time when the composition of the most important legal authority in the United States has shifted to conservatism. Her disagreements with the decisions of the Conservative majority, often formulated in scathing terms, especially when discussing issues affecting women’s rights, made Ginsburg an iconic figure for the American left.