On the evening of Sept. 18, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away. Her death is just another upsetting event to happen this year, first, because cancer has claimed yet another life and second, because her death is going to mark a pivotal point in our country’s history.
Ginsburg was only the second female to join the Supreme Court, following Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s appointment in 1981. As one of only four female justices in the history of the Supreme Court, Ginsburg’s tenure, as well as her extensive legal career, secures her place as an inspiration for young girls everywhere.
While I may not agree with Ginsburg’s opinions on all political and legal matters, I certainly see her as an icon and someone I can and should look up to. She fought for gender equality at a time when women were not allowed to serve on a jury, much less be a lawyer in the courtroom. Her fighting means I have more opportunities.
So, when I see prominent, female members of the anti-abortion community reducing her to her decisions surrounding abortion, it’s heartbreaking. Personally, I am against abortion in most cases, and I don’t necessarily agree with all her decisions. But I see her as so much more than just those decisions.
Furthermore, I cannot stand behind conservative leaders in their push to con- firm a new justice. One, it would be hypocritical of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Lindsay Graham, who have both advocated for not confirm- ing a justice in an election year and are now demanding President Donald Trump fill the vacancy as soon as possible.
Second, the balance of the court would shift to 6-3 in favor of conservative justices. While I understand that would make it easier to overturn previous rulings on abortion, it would mean the potential overturning of other rulings as well. And as much as I am against abortion, I support things like marriage equality and the DREAM Act.
Third, an unbalanced court is not good for anyone, regardless of which side has the upper hand. The Supreme Court is made up of nine justices, meaning it’s much harder for the court to tie and reach a stalemate. But a balanced 5-4 jury, regardless of who has the majority, is better suited for compromise. And compromise is something upon which this country was built.
Putting politics aside, the United States lost a fighter. May her memory be a blessing to her family and all those whose lives she touched.