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With her 14-month-old daughter at her hip, Anna Lashley, an attorney from Washington, DC, came to present her final regards to Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court on Saturday.
“I can’t wait to tell my daughter about her, and to teach her the lessons she taught me, and what I did for women,” said Lashley.
Now, with a vacancy in the court he left Ginsburg’s deathPresident Trump appears ready to nominate his third Supreme Court candidate in less than four years – tilting the court to the right more than the conservative majority that was in place until Friday.
“I’m terrified for women in this country,” said Lashley. “I am very concerned about what that will mean Ru vs. wade To move forward. I worry that others will not be able to fight the battle that you fought for us. “
Without Ginsburg’s liberal reliable vote and unwavering voice Reproduction rightsRenee-Lauren Ellis has similar concerns about a future Ru vs. wade The decision legalized abortion nationwide in 1973. Ellis, who is also a DC District attorney, said she feared what she saw as the potential to back down.
“It hurts that something as basic as what I do with my body is still being discussed, in 2020,” Ellis said.
Ginsburg A. A divisive nomination battle In the midst of a presidential campaign. Advocates on the opposing sides of the case agree it could be a turning point in the long-running debate over one of the court’s most divisive issues – abortion rights.
For those who oppose abortion rights, a vacancy on the Supreme Court just weeks before the presidential election is also a focal point.
“For the pro-life movement and the work we’re doing there, this is the moment we’re building,” said Marjorie Danenfelser, chair of the anti-abortion group known as Susan B. Anthony List, who Spent years Work to elect Republican senators and install conservative judges, and strongly support President Trump and his judicial candidates.
Dannenfelser says she and her family were sitting outside the Supreme Court on Friday evening when they heard the news of Ginsburg’s death.
“It was a profound sense of the meaning we had in her death, and also a moment of change,” she said. “This place where we sit will be the focal point of change in our country.”
Head of the Family Planning Action Fund Alexis McGill Johnson He agrees that there is much at stake.
“The fate of our rights and freedoms, our health care, our bodies, our lives, and our country literally depends on what happens in the coming months,” said McGill Johnson.
Groups that support abortion rights, including Planned Parenthood and NARAL, say they will work to put pressure on potentially vulnerable groups. Republican Senators They face re-election now or in 2022, and are demanding that they wait to confirm Ginsburg’s replacement until after the November election.
McGill Johnson notes that four years ago Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell became famous He refused to hold hearings To consider President Obama’s candidate to replace Judge Antonin Scalia. At the time, the presidential election was more than eight months away, and McConnell said it was too close. Now, with the election date approaching six weeks, McConnell promises to act quickly to confirm Trump’s candidate.
“Mitch McConnell continues to set the rules to suit his desires and his will to maintain power,” said McGill Johnson. “In a democracy, it’s really important that we all play with the same rules.”