Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Here in an interview is everything you could possibly want to know on the subject of Justice Ginsburg: "feminist legal agendas," "women of means" with choices, plus "populations that we don't want to have too many of."

Q: If you were a lawyer again, what would you want to accomplish as a future feminist legal agenda?

GINSBURG: Reproductive choice has to be straightened out. 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.

Q: Are you talking about the distances women have to travel because in parts of the country, abortion is essentially unavailable, because there are so few doctors and clinics that do the procedure? And also, the lack of Medicaid for abortions for poor women?

GINSBURG: Yes, the ruling about that surprised me. [Harris v. McRae--in 1980 the court upheld the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of Medicaid for abortions.

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