Nadav Spiegelman

How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Moved the Supreme Court
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Instead of issuing a broad ruling, Ginsburg asserted, the Justices should have addressed abortion the way they approached the cases that she had brought regarding women’s rights. In those decisions, Ginsburg said, “the Court, in effect, opened a dialogue with the political branches of government. In essence, the Court instructed Congress and the state legislatures: rethink ancient positions on these questions.” In her own cases, “the Supreme Court wrote modestly, it put forward no grand philosophy. The ball, one might say, was tossed by the Justices back into the legislators’ court, where the political forces of the day could operate.” Roe v. Wade “invited no dialogue with legislators.”
O’Connor, who had breast cancer in the nineteen-eighties, advised Ginsburg to schedule chemotherapy for Fridays, so that she would have the weekend to recover for oral arguments. Neither woman missed a day on the bench.