For Immediate Release: September 18, 2020

Media Contact: Jade Hurley

Email: jhurley@naralva.org

 

ALEXANDRIA – Executive Director Tarina Keene issued the following statement on the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

“2020 has once again dealt us a tragic blow. Tonight, we have lost a true warrior for justice and equality. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the epitome of a gentle giant and truly exemplified what it means to speak softly but carry a big stick. She indeed was “notorious” in every good way. She broke down walls and barriers for women that no one thought could be done in the 1970s and she did it throughout her career with calm, gentle, brilliant arguments that delivered an undeniable punch. Justice Ginsburg never backed down and she never gave up. She fought for us until the very end of her 87 years. It’s up to us to uphold and carry out Justice Ginsburg’s legacy. And we promise not to let her down.”

“Unfortunately, our reproductive freedoms could not be more at risk than they are now without our most ardent champion on the High Court. Earlier this summer, Justice Roberts signaled in June Medical Services v. Gee that abortion rights could and should be reconsidered and laid out a roadmap for those bent on doing so. Furthermore, the Court also ruled in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania that employers can withhold birth control coverage for women in their healthcare plans based on religious or moral grounds. And there are more reproductive health and rights cases in the pipeline to the Supreme Court. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump will do all they can to seat an uber, anti-abortion conservative justice to the court that will secure the Supreme Court for the conservatives for decades. They have already stolen one seat. We must not allow them to steal another. Our very rights and freedoms to determine the trajectories of our lives depend on us to fight this fight. Justice Ginsburg will expect nothing less.”

Justice Ginsburg on Reproductive Rights:

“It is essential to woman’s equality with man that she be the decisionmaker, that her choice be controlling. If you impose restraints that impede her choice, you are disadvantaging her because of her sex.”

 

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