ACB vs. RGB —
Everything you need to know about late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her far from perfect replacement.
There is no doubt that this years Presidential Election is incredibly important for everyone, something this year that has made it even more important is the death of liberal associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her undying wish was ultimately that she is not re-appointed until after this Presidential term but President Trump has taken it upon himself to appointed conservative-catholic Amy Coney Barrett, a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the seventh circuit. This has sparked conversation across the country, how will the Supreme Court change now that A.C.B. adds another conservative view point making the court 6/9 rightist.
The rundown on the late Supreme Court icon.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death in September 2020. She is an icon for women and people of the LGBTQ+ community everywhere.
Born Joan Ruth Bader in Brooklyn, New York, Ginsburg graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelors Degree to go on and earn her Bachelors of Law at Columbia University in the mid 1950s. Ginsburg spent the majority of her legal careers as an advocate for womens rights and gender equality becoming an icon for people of color, women, and the LGBTQ+ community throughout America. She advicated as a volunteer attorney for the Anerican Civil Liberties Union and was a member of its board for directors. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the U.S. Supreme Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, ten years later being appointed a Supreme Court Associate Justice by President Bill Clinton.
Her strong liberal and leftist view served the Supreme Court and made it more liberal as she added to that part of the court. Throughout her career she fought many cases in favorable endings on
- Gender Discrimination
- Abortion Rights
- Search and Seizure
- International Law
- Voting Rights
- Native American Rights
Amy Coney Barrett
The less exciting Icon for some...
Amy Coney Barrett, President Trumps pick to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court of the United States. Barrett has been a Circuit Court Judge since 2017 to present. She is directly against many things Ginsburg is for, being a conservative catholic who is against abortion and not a big fan of the LGBTQ+ community becoming terrifying for these groups as she begins to make her way to the Supreme Court.
Born Amy Vivan Coney in New Orleans, Louisiana, she attended Rhodes College where she majored in English Literature and French. She later attended Law School at Norte Dame Law School on a full-tuition scholarship. She was the executive editor for the Norte Dame Law Review while in school and graduted first in her class in 1997 with a Juris Doctor summa cum laude. She spent two years as a judicial law clerk after law school, first for Judge Lawrence Silberman of the U.S. Supreme Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1997 to 1998 and then for Hustice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1998 to 1989. On May 8th, 2017 President Trump nominated Barrett to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit after Judge John Daniel Tinder.
Barrett's strong rightist and conservation views have caused her to become a vicious and scary figure for people of color, women, and members of the LGTBQ+ community as she has been peitioned against by the LGBTQ+ community and voted against women in cases of abortion rights. Judge Barrett has made less than favorable calls on these topics in the court room,
- LGBTQ+ Rights
- Women's Rights
Spot The Difference —
"Women are not gymsocks that can be replaced easily." -Lara Bazelon
Why Is Everyone Afraid? —
There's More Than Just One Election To Worry About
It is said to be a tough decision for Americans by Preisdent Trump. As the growth of Civil Rights movements like Black Lives Matter and womens movements like The Me Too movement gain more support, a change like this in such an influential part of our country is scary for many people. With the addition of Amy Coney Barrett onto the Supreme Court, the court will be 6/9 rightist and more conservative than it ever has been since Ruth Bader Ginsburg was apart of the 9 Justices.
In multiple cases, Barrett has ruled for exactly the opposite of what Ginsburg would rule for. She has ruled against women in abortion cases, and against member of the LGBTQ+ community in gender rights cases.
The confirmation of such a conservative Judge can possibly be the backwards trek of America, as Barretts choices might rewind history and take away so much of what late Ruth Bader Ginsburg faught for.