Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the trailblazing woman who in her 80s became a legal, cultural and feminist icon, died Friday (September 18th, 2020). The Supreme Court announced her death, saying the cause was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas. The court, in a statement, said Ginsburg died at her home in Washington, D.C., surrounded by family. She was 87 years old. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a U.S. Supreme Court justice, the second woman to be appointed to the position.
Ginsburg's Historic Rulings
In 2015, Ginsburg sided with the majority in two landmark Supreme Court rulings. On June 25th she was one of the six justices to uphold a critical component of the 2010 Affordable Care Act — often referred to as Obamacare — inKing v. Burwell. The decision allows the federal government to continue providing subsidies to Americans who purchase health care through "exchanges," regardless of whether they are state or federally operated. The majority ruling, read by Chief Justice John Roberts, was a massive victory for President Barack Obama and made the Affordable Care Act difficult to undo. Conservative justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Antonin Scalia were in dissent, with Scalia presenting a scathing dissenting opinion to the Court. Its second historic decision in as many days, with a 5–4 majority ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Ginsburg is considered to have been instrumental in the decision, having shown public support for the idea in past years by officiating same-sex marriages and by challenging arguments against it during the early proceedings of the case. She was joined in the majority by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, with Roberts reading the dissenting opinion this time.
As we mourn for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, let us never forget that she used some of her final moments to try to defend our “democracy” as she had decades before. She’s earned her rest and now it’s up to us to continue her fight for equality for EVERYONE. At Just Begin Magazine, we want to say thank you for everything you’ve done & stood for. You are and still will always be such an inspiration and role model for some many girls & women everywhere.