It did not take long for those on the left to make a major turn in how they regard their feminist hero and women’s rights crusader, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Right after the present Supreme Court rendered their 5-4 vote refusing to block the implementation of the Texas “heartbeat bill” on September 1st, there was an uproar of anger. This bill effectively bans most abortions after fetal cardiac activity can be detected.
The Daily Wire reported on Wednesday, “The Supreme Court was careful not to weigh in on the constitutionality of the Texas law, deciding its ruling on procedural grounds. The Texas law contains a unique enforcement mechanism that authorizes private citizens to sue abortion providers and those who ‘aid and abet’ illegal abortions.”
The Daily Wire revealed that the court dismissed the request which had named every state court judge and clerk as defendants, based on procedural grounds.
According to the majority report from the High Court justices, “It is unclear whether the named defendants in this lawsuit can or will seek to enforce the Texas law against the applicants in a manner that might permit our intervention.”
They also stated, “The State has represented that neither it nor its executive employees possess the authority to enforce the Texas law either directly or indirectly. Nor is it clear whether, under existing precedent, this Court can issue an injunction against state judges asked to decide a lawsuit under Texas’s law.”
What angered the left the most, it seems, is that key to this ruling was Justice Amy Coney Barrett. She now sits in the seat that Justice Ginsburg vacated when she died. Liberals blame Ginsburg for the addition of Barrett, which shifted the court to the right. They maintain that Ginsburg was given the opportunity to retire under a Democratic president during the Obama years. But she chose to remain on the court. Then after several difficult battles with cancer, Ginsburg died in September of 2020. This allowed President Donald Trump to quickly replace her with Barrett.
So some have focused their emotions at Ginsburg after this Texas ruling. One commentator said, “In retrospect, maybe Ruth Bader Ginsburg should have stepped down from the Court in 2014.” Another said, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg really, really should have stepped down. When you are a leader of people, with their lives in your hands… you have to do what’s best for them, always. She didn’t.”
Ginsberg was given the chance to step down at the age of 81 while Democrats had a comfortable majority in the Senate. Obama could have easily replaced her with a dedicated liberal justice without Republican input.
A self-described feminist tweeted, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s categorical refusal to retire brought us here. So thank you old dead white b*tch.” She later deleted this tweet.
Ginsburg was not alone in feeling the heat from the left. There was also some heat on Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont. Some on the left tried to blame him for refusing to back then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.
“Folks blaming Bernie for what happened in Texas are ridiculous,” a former Sanders advisor said.
They continued, “Did y’all not remember the time when we there was a democrat in office and had the chance the tell Ruth Vader Ginsburg to retire but didn’t? Stop it. The establishment needs to take responsibility for their mess.”
The same people complaining about Ginsburg are now pushing Justice Stephen Breyer to resign so that President Joe Biden can appoint his own replacement. Breyer did not step down after the Supreme Court’s last term, likely because the Court is about to hear landmark cases on subjects like abortion in its 2021-2022 session.