Who Is The Law?

What Has Happened to America?

Adam De Salle
8 min readSep 30, 2020

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

On the 18th of September 2020, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of The United States (SCOTUS), Ruth Bader Ginsburg, died at the age of 87 due to a complication with cancer. Ginsburg had served the SCOTUS for over 20 years and was the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by Bill Clinton after a career defined by fighting for women’s reproductive rights, gender equality and other progressive causes. She had worked as a lawyer for the American Civil liberties Union and as its General Counsel from 1973 to 1980. Under Ginsburg, some landmark cases occurred and world changing legislation passed, such as United States v. Virginia (ended single-sex admission at the Virginia Military Institute), Stenberg v. Cahart (Ginsburg cited Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey to argue that a Nebraska law banning partial birth abortion did not protect the lives of women), Safford United School v. Redding (STOCUS ruled that the 4th Amendment rights of a 13 year-old girl were violated when a male Arizona school official subjected her to a strip search), and Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber (Though the court ruled in favour of the tire giant, Ginsburg supported a female employee who claimed she was being paid less than her male counterparts due to her gender). The truth was that Ginsburg was a progressive, some might even say activist, judge that furthered the rights and liberties of women and members of the LGBTQ+ community like no other Supreme Court Judge before her.

And her dying wish was that she was not replaced until after the Presidential Election, but the Trump Administration are looking to defy her wishes, to disrespect the final demand of a woman who spent decades in service to her country, by appointing her replacement in the form of Amy Coney Barret, an anti-abortion, anti-gun control, anti-health care, anti-climate extremist, who could sit on SCOTUS for 40 years. Barret’s record on reproductive rights, coverage of pre-existing conditions, LGBTQ+ rights, and the dignity of work is abysmal. Under Barret, women would be prosecuted for abortions, Americans will be stripped of healthcare coverage, people would not be allowed marry who they love, and unions will be gutted. She is essentially the anti-Ginsburg. Ginsburg is going to be replaced by a woman who walked through every door she opened for her so…

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Adam De Salle

I am a young writer interested in providing the intellectual tools to those in the political trenches so that they may fight their battles well-informed.