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U.S. Supreme Court Justices (from left to right) Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, (Ret.), Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Elena Kagan in the Justices' conference room prior to Justice Kagan's Investiture. Image: Steve Petteway/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

(WNN) New York, U.S.: As abortion issues continue to divide pro and con debaters in the United States, Supreme Court  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shared an opinion that may be surprising to many. Expressing that the high court decision on abortion under Roe v. Wade, made in 1973 under a federal Supreme Court vote count of seven to 2 in favor, might have been better if it had been delayed. Justice Ginsburg outlined  that the federal judicial process may have created a law that “..moved too fast” saying that the process may have needed more time at the state level.

With a history that includes numerous dissenting  votes that have been viewed as ‘too liberal’ by numerous American conservatives, Justice Ginsburg has stayed steady in her outline of the Law.

In 1972 Ginsburg co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU – American Civil Liberties Union becoming one of the main litigators in ACLU’s projects for women. From 1972 to 1980 she worked as the first tenured female professor at Columbia University. Ginsburg was later nominated in 1993 by U.S. President Bill Clinton, joining the Supreme Court as the second woman ever nominated to the federal level of jurisprudence after Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. In 2009 Justice Ginsburg was named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes magazine. To date only three other women besides Ginsburg have been nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“But when I got to Columbia I was well regarded by my colleagues even though they certainly disagreed with many of the positions that I was taking. They backed me up: If that’s what I thought, I should be able to speak my mind,” said Justice Ginsburg in a 2009 during a Q&A (questions and answers) posed by Emily Bazelon for The New York Times, who asked the Justice what she thought about the criticism set against then nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor saying Sotomayor made too many ‘frank remarks’ in public.

Respected for her work as a conciliatory force on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg has stated that she values deep ‘independent thinking’ on a diverse array of subjects. With expert experience she has often defied the definitions given to her by both ‘liberals’ and ‘conservatives.’ In spite of any controversies her stand on women’s equality has stayed steadfast.

“Reproductive choice has to be straightened out,” outlined Justice Ginsburg in 2009. “There will never be a woman of means without choice anymore. That just seems to me so obvious. The states that had changed their abortion laws before Roe [to make abortion legal] are not going to change back. So we have a policy that affects only poor women, and it can never be otherwise, and I don’t know why this hasn’t been said more often.”

“It’s not that the [Roe v. Wade] judgment was wrong, but it moved too far too fast,” said Justice Ginsburg on Friday (February 10, 2012) as she shared her opinions at Columbia Law School during the recent celebration of her 4oth year as part of the faculty at the School.

Always open to the experiences of others Justice Ginsburg’s reputation at Columbia Law School is considered to be beyond measure. “She helped me find what I loved to do…” said Professor David M. Schizer, who as Law Clerk for Ginsburg went on to be the current Dean of Columbia Law School and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law. Schizer worked as Clerk for Justice Ginsburg from 1994 to 1995.

Working over 40 years on issues surrounding gender-based justice and equality, Justice Ginsburg admits she carries a copy of the Constitution of the United States in her pocket wherever she goes.

“We present it [the Constitution] warts and all,” said Ginsburg about the document that has been the fundamental instrument of government in the United States. “The 1787 draft included the fugitive slave clause and preserved the slave trade until 1808. We keep those in publications of the Constitution, but with a footnote that says ‘repealed by . . .’,” she continued.


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