Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one of five pro-abortion members of the Supreme Court who are preventing any bill banning abortions from ever becoming law. She said in July that she has no plans to retire and reiterated that in a new interview with the New York Times.
From a report on the interview:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg faulted her colleagues recently for creating a judicial atmosphere of activism, and she suggested she’s going to stick around and try to turn back that tone, for at least another year.
She said in The New York Times that she’s going to stay “as long as I can do the job full steam and that, at my age, is not predictable.” She promised to stay for at least a year, and “after that, who knows?”
The justice has faced some pressure from those in the liberal camp who would like to see her retire before President Obama leaves office so that her replacement could be the next liberal voice. But she’s dashed those hopes — repeatedly. And on Sunday, she said the despite her two run-ins with cancer, she’s not leaving any time soon.
Especially since the court has become so activist, she said.
“[This is] one of the most activist courts in history,” she said, as TPM reported. Speaking to the recent court decision striking portions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, she said that “if it’s measured in terms of readiness to overturn legislation,” this court is a highly charged activist body.
Justice Ginsburg, a 1993 appointee of President Clinton, has come under fire in recent years from those in conservative camps who say she’s guilty of just what she’s charging her colleagues of — judicial activism.
She gave Reuters an interview in which she rebuffed attempts by liberals to get her to step down from the high court while pro-abortion President Barack Obama is president and while a Democrat-led Senate would likely mean she would be replaced by another jurist who supports Roe v. Wade.
At age 80, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, leader of the Supreme Court’s liberal wing, says she is in excellent health, even lifting weights despite having cracked a pair of ribs again, and plans to stay longer on the bench.
In May, Ginsburg complained that the decision in the Roe v Wade case that allowed virtually unlimited abortions was too overreaching. She grumbled that it was decided in such a way that it made for an easy target for pro-life advocates complaining about its extremity. Ginsburg told students at Harvard earlier this year that Roe should have been argued incrementally.