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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion of Gender Equality, is Dead What Now?

Paulina Mendoza
Policy Associate Intern Voice for Adoption     

      The Supreme Court lost one of its most treasured members, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on September 18th, but the American people lost more than an occupied seat. The death of one of the most admired and respected members of the legal sector thrusts us into deep uneasiness and unpredictability, exacerbated by the upcoming presidential election. Ginsburg not only advocated for women throughout her entire life, but she made history by pushing progressive policies and regulations involving education, gender discrimination, health care, and gay rights. As one of the first justices to perform same-sex marriage services, she paved the way for many men and women to form their families. 

       Notably, the justice who is nominated and appointed into the vacant seat will profoundly change the course of American politics for the next century. The Supreme Court’s rulings affect the nation on a federal, state, and local level. As the highest authority of law interpretation and because justices serve for life, not anyone should be granted a seat. Furthermore, with the current administration, the country is already under Republican control in the Senate and now there is the probability of Republican control in the Supreme Court as well. Unsurprisingly, President Trump has not delayed in preserving his party’s predominance and made his nomination known a few days ago. He nominated Amy Coney Barret; a woman determined to overturn Roe v. Wade, overturn the Affordable Care Act, and who signed an anti-gay, anti-abortion Catholic letter in 2015. Ruth Bader Ginsburg committed her life and career to advocating for women’s rights and Amy Coney Barret would close every opportunity Ginsburg worked so hard to open. The country risks not only witnessing a conservative woman plotting to strip away women’s rights, but a Supreme Court balanced in favor of conservative values which threatens the rights of every minority in the United States. 

       Voice for Adoption is nonpartisan and works in a bipartisan way. We are neither conservative or liberal, but we are always in favor of what is in the best interest of the close to half-a-million children in foster care, especially the 124,000 that are waiting to be adopted and their families. The progress of Ruth Bader Ginsburg helped advance human rights, protections, and liberties that impacts us all. These protections allow minority children to find homes that might reflect their own identity and culture, or allow them to express themselves in a manner that is healthy. We need every home we can get, discrimination of any kind will ultimaly reduce the number of viable homes - this can’t happen. Our foster care system is in crisis and we need these homes.