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In 2013, in a quiet cafe, President Barack Obama met with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in an attempt to nudge her towards retirement. Ginsburg, who was 80 years old at the time and had fought off cancer twice, refused. This single action shifted the course of history in favor of millions of unborn babies across the United States.
You see, justice Ginsburg was very liberal, but she had no intention of giving up her Supreme Court seat to help her party. President Obama wasn't the only one to try and coerce Ginsburg out of the Court, however. Democratic senator Patrick Leahy had a similar meeting with Ginsburg, trying to point out how it would help their ideals if she was gone and could be replaced by a young liberal. Ginsburg still refused.
For the Democrats, it was about strategy. Leftists had taken control of the Senate, and the president was a staunch liberal. If Ginsburg would have stepped down, they could have approved a radical (like Kentaji Brown-Jackson level radical) on the Supreme Court. They knew that, with enough luck, they might even be able to codify Roe V. Wade. As Obama approached the end of his second term, they were running out of time. And yet, Ginsburg still refused. She held onto her Supreme Court position for seven years after her initial coffee shop meeting with Obama… and then it happened. Three years after said meeting, the Democrats lost control of the White House.
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I'm not sure why, but it seems that Justice Ginsburg believed she would never die. Or, at least, not until a time that she expected. But that wasn't what happened.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg died relatively unexpectedly in late 2020. She was so close to making it through Trump's presidency. Unfortunately for the left, close only matters in horseshoes and hand grenades.
Soon after Ginsburg's death, President Trump nominated Judge Amy Connie Barrett to the Court, and she was quickly approved. The seat that Ginsburg had held onto for so long was lost to a conservative… and how satisfying that victory was.
I never thought I would say it, but as a pro-life conservative, I owe a lot of gratitude to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If Ginsburg would have stepped down in 2013 as Obama wished, the Supreme Court that would have followed would have likely put the liberalism of the Warren Court to shame. Instead, Ruth Bader Ginsburg's unexpected legacy will be that her tight grasp on her seat led to the eventual overturning of Roe V. Wade. I'm sure that's not exactly the legacy Ginsburg would have wanted. However, the millions of babies spared from abortions in the future probably won't mind.
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