Roe vs Wade: What did Ruth Bader Ginsberg say in 1993?

Roe vs Wade: What did Ruth Bader Ginsberg say in 1993?

The recent Supreme Court vacating Roe vs Wade has provoked a plethora of people to flashback to the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Roe vs Wade was a corner decision of the US Supreme Court in which the court ruled that the constitution of the United States generally protects a pregnant women’s liberty to choose to have revocation. The decision was declared unconstitutional by numerous US civil and state revocation laws. Read on to find out; Roe vs Wade: What did Ruth Bader Ginsberg say in 1993?

Roe vs Wade

Roe vs Wade: What did Ruth Bader Ginsberg say in 1993?

Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a former associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, had constantly criticized Roe vs Wade decision in history. According to her, the judgment was completely based on the right to privacy rather than the right to equal protection. After the Supreme Court ruled out an earlier decision in Roe vs Wade, numerous people from both sides began to assume what Ginsberg would be over to if she were alive.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg

The Fox News host said that he believes that Ruth Ginsberg would agree in that regard.

Sen.Charles E.Grassley said that indeed though she agreed women should have the right to control their bodies, Roe was concluded wrong from a Constitution perspective.

Sen.Charles E.Grassley
Sen.Charles E.Grassley

Ginsberg emphasized that abortion was a constitutional privilege. She preferred that the basis of Roe’s judgment ought to be the right to equal protection and not the right to privacy. Ginsberg said that Roe might have abused the improvement of abortion rights by going too fast, too far. She asserted support for abortion rights was already prevailing but the judiciary built a more polarized atmosphere.

Also Read: Roe v Wade- Supreme Court Overturned Decision

“Roe is not about the women’s choice, is it”?

“Roe is not about the women’s choice, is it? It is about the doctor’s liberty to practice, it was not women-centered, it was physician-centered”, Ginsberg said at the University of Chicago in 2013. Ginsberg mentioned the court’s judgment as abrupt and “breathtaking”. She recommended focusing on equal protection but she did not state that there is no constitutional right to an abortion and that Roe was unreasonable.

Protests against court decision
Protests against Roe vs. Wade court decision


Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s Abortion Comments During 1993 Confirmation

A video clip went viral when Ginsberg was questioned about abortion rights during her Supreme Court confirmation hearings in 1993.The footage showed Ginsberg, carefully and slowly choosing her words saying that abortion is something fundamental to a women’s existence, to her dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When government regulates that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for her own choices.

Ruth Ginsberg

She further stated,” I said on the equality side of it that it is crucial to women’s equality with men, that she be the decision-maker, that her choice be controlling. And if you impose restraints that harm her, you are harming her because of her gender.”

She then went on to add “The state controlling a woman should mean restricting her full equality and full sovereignty”, (but this line was not contained in the video clip as a New York Times article of that time mentioned). The article defined her statements as unambiguous and a strong defense of a woman’s right to abortion.

The contemporaneous piece stated she existed as “the first Supreme Court candidate to offer such an unflinching statement about the Constitutional right of abortion.”

She had been popular as a supporter of abortion rights as an Arizona state court judge but failed to share what her current beliefs were when asked during her hearings, New York Times reported. Her unwillingness to speak out then made Ginsberg’s statements more significant a decade later.

“Adoption not abortion is the option”

One Twitter user wrote she dared to say what she believed, no matter what, these three justices are cowards, indicating three justices selected by former president Donald Trump.

Another user said, “equal protection before government and individual sovereignty, a woman’s choice, above a man’s decision “.

But few others opposed Ginsberg. One Twitter person composed, “Adoption not abortion is the option.”

And various other Twitter announcers implied that it was Ginsberg’s death in 2020, that created the vacancy on the court and made Roe vs. Wade invalid because it was filled by another one of the Trump nominees.

How long was Ruth Bader Ginsberg on the Supreme Court?

On June 22, 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed Ginsberg as an associate justice of the Supreme Court to restore the vacancy by retiring justice Byron White. Before her nomination, Ginsberg had condemned how Roe was dealt with in a speech at New York university. She labeled the Roe decision as “breathtaking”. In selecting Ginsberg, President Clinton called her beliefs ” very impressive and provocative arguments.”

Ginsberg served on Supreme Court from 1993 to 2020. She served for 13 years on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

When did Ruth Bader Ginsberg die?

When did Ginsberg die?

Ginsberg suffered pancreatic cancer and following its complications, she died on September 18, 2020, at 87. She expired on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. According to Rabbi Richard Jacobs,” one of the principles of Rosh Hashanah implies that very righteous people would die at the very end of the year because they were needed until the very end.”

Also Read:

Roe V. Wade Summary – Everything you need to know

ww newsletter

Subscribe to Email Updates :

About the author

Eliana Cooper

Eliana Cooper is an esteemed editor at World-Wire, recognized for her expertise in sports and government news. With a background in Journalism and Political Science, she excels in delivering in-depth and factual reporting. Her work is known for its thorough research and clear presentation, making complex topics accessible. Eliana's contributions have earned her recognition, including the "Excellence in Sports Journalism" award in 2023.

Add Comment

Click here to post a comment