Impacts of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing

Impacts of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday Sept. 18 from metastatic pancreatic cancer complications. Throughout her career she fought for the rights of women, the disabled, the LGBTQ community, and undocumented people. In the 1970s Ginsburg became involved with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) where they founded the Women’s Rights Project. President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that his Supreme Court nominee is Amy Coney Barrett, who, according to the Associated Press and Barrett’s past decisions on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has many opposing views from Ginsburg including gun rights and reproductive freedom. University of New Hampshire political science professor Susan Siggelakis does not believe the death of Ginsburg will affect the election. “I think the Trump supporters will vote for Trump and the extreme left (if they vote at all), Never Trumpers and average democrats (especially women) will still vote for Biden,” she said. “For example, when the Senate refused to hold hearings for Obama nominee Merrick Garland, this incident was not even mentioned in the Supreme Court and judicial nominations to lower federal courts have little salience for the average voter.” “Most people cannot name even one justice on the court, one legal opinion or even how many people are on the Court,” Siggelakis continued. “Even those lamenting Ginsburg’s death have little to no knowledge about any of her legal work before joining the Court or her opinions in the various areas of the law while she was on the D.C. […]

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