Pro-Abortion Justice Ruth Ginsburg Hints at Possible Supreme Court Opening
by Steven Ertelt
March 13, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who backs unlimited abortions, told law students on Friday that an opening on the high court may occur soon. Ginsburg has been battling health problems and advancing age and any decision to step down would create a monumental battle.
Ginsburg referred to how members of the Supreme Court pose for a collective group picture every time a new member is added.
"We haven’t had any of those for some time, but surely we will soon," Ginsburg said.
There is no indication whether she was referring to herself, another member of the court or had any other information. But, her comments sparked a wealth of speculation Friday about the future of the high court.
Should Ginsburg decided to call it quits, her departure would create a good news-bad news situation for the pro-life community.
On the plus side, a former ACLU lawyer who took every opportunity to promote abortion, partial-birth abortions and abortion funding on the high could would be removed.
The downside is that Ginsburg’s potential vacancy would allow President Barack Obama an opportunity to nominate a pro-abortion replacement who would keep Roe v. Wade — and its allowance of virtually unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy — in place for decades.
Ginsburg was hospitalized recently for treatment related to her pancreatic cancer but returned to the court and has participated in a full schedule ever since. She will turn 76 on Sunday and has not announced any plans to leave the court.
Two other pro-abortion justices are also frequently mentioned as possible retirees, although members of the Supreme Court may serve throughout their lifetime.
John Paul Stevens, who will turn 89 next month, and 69-year-old David H. Souter are considered potential justices Obama may also have the opportunity to replace during his presidential tenure.
Ginsburg is a member of the five justice majority that favors the Roe v. Wade decision. She is only the second female justice in the history of the Supreme Court and the other, Sandra Day O’Connor, who retired in 2006, was just as strongly pro-abortion.
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