With her heath in a tenuous state and a potentially massive Supreme Court nomination battle likely should she pass away or decide to retire, everyone on both sides of the abortion debate is watching Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her health.
The pro-abortion justice recently completed three weeks of radiation treatment after doctors found a localized cancerous tumor on her pancreas. According to news reports, the treatment went well:
Ginsburg’s radiation therapy, which was conducted at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, began August 5 days after the tumor was confirmed to be malignant, according to a statement from the Supreme Court. The treatment included the insertion of a stent in Ginsburg’s bile duct. Doctors have concluded that there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in her body.
The court said she “tolerated the treatment well.”
Reports earlier this year suggested President Donald Trump reportedly has conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett in mind to fill U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat if she retires.
Ginsburg, 86, is the oldest Supreme Court justice, and, though she has no plans to retire despite the multiple health concerns.
Sources close to the president said Trump wants Barrett to be the one, TownHall reports. The 47-year-old is a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and a favorite among pro-lifers.
“I’m saving her for Ginsburg,” Trump said, according to three separate sources, Axios reports.
The president reportedly said the exact same words several times, including prior to nominating Brett Kavanaugh to fill retired Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat. Barrett also was on Trump’s short list of nominees to fill the seat.
Pro-life leaders have said Barrett is the best potential nominee who will respect the rule of law and not make up laws from the bench. They also appreciate her strong pro-life views and believe adding a pro-life woman to the Supreme Court will help counterbalance the pro-abortion women who vote to keep Roe v Wade and its allowance for unlimited abortions in place.
Abortion activists have labeled Barrett a “dangerous religious extremist” because she is a devout Catholic and believes life begins at conception. In 2017, abortion activists lobbied heavily against her appointment to the Seventh Circuit court. Planned Parenthood’s lobbying was so deceptive that several liberal law professors even criticized the pro-abortion group for attacking her with false statements.
Top pro-abortion Democrat Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin also aggressively questioned Barrett about her faith during her nomination hearing to the Seventh Circuit in 2017. The two made it appear that people with sincere, pro-life Catholic beliefs are somehow not qualified to serve as federal judges.
“When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for, for years in this country,” Feinstein said.
Ginsburg has been a fierce abortion activist and recently claimed pregnant women are not “mothers.”
“(A) woman who exercises her constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy is not a ‘mother,’ ” she wrote.
Justice Clarence Thomas responded that Ginsburg’s opinion “makes little sense.” And it’s true. Pregnant women are mothers as soon as their child’s life comes into being. It’s not a matter of philosophy or religion but of science.