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    By Callie Watts
    Top photo by Diggy Lloyd

    This article originally appeared in the March/April 2019 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized with three broken ribs, following a fall in her Supreme Court office Wednesday, reports CNN. According to the Court’s statement, RBG reported discomfort after returning home and was admitted the next morning to George Washington University “for observation and treatment." 

    Immediately, devotees of Notorious RBG—as she is fondly know— offered their own ribs and threatened to sequester RBG in a 20-foot-thick bubble wrap for the next two years. Panic jokes aside, the alarm is valid: at 85, she’s the court’s oldest member and has already overcome a lengthy resume of ailments.

    In November 2014, she underwent a procedure to have a stent placed in her heart’s right coronary artery. In 2009, she was treated for pancreatic cancer, and in 1999, only six years after being sworn in to the court, she underwent surgery to treat colon cancer. 

    Ginsburg is only the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Her outspoken stance—in 2016 she called Trump a “faker”—and liberal dissents (not to mention her impressive workout regimen) have made her a progressive icon. At an event in Washington in mid-August, she told the crowd she had "about at least five more years" left on court. 

    Long live RBG, may you guide us to brighter times (AKA, 2020).  

    Top Image courtesy of Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing

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    In the chaos of this week, with the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court (a let-down to survivors everywhere), it was hard to feel heard and seen. Anyone who has been following the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick knows that this has been a trying and triggering time, rife with disappointment and sadness.

    Kavanaugh's swearing-in ceremony was a particularly torturous moment; not only was this really happening, but the smiling faces in the audience remind us of how trivial a woman’s word and safety is in the United States.

    Amidst the collective cognitive dissonance many experienced watching this event unfold, there was one face in the crowd who seemed to capture a very shared feeling. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court, caught our attention and won our hearts giving serious looks during the confirmation, sparking a frenzy of sympathetic memes.

    While Ginsburg couldn’t express herself verbally due to professionalism, she sure as hell let us know how she felt by serving face. With her body language drawn inwards, her shoulders hunched, and her expression grimaced in almost resigned disapproval, it’s practically a challenge to look at her without thinking, “I feel you honey.”

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    Ginsburg is known for being liberal, and as a strong woman with a long history in politics, it’s not too difficult to imagine what’s going through her head.

    When the President is stacked with multiple sexual assault accusations  and a history of attacking marginal communities and women, the fact that Kavanaugh’s career continued on untarnished is more of a shell shock than a surprise. That said, it still elicits intense feelings of anger, powerlessness, fear, frustration, and the urge to kinda throw-up in our mouth. Thankfully, Gainsburg captured this collective nausea and allowed us to feel seen, if for one moment, in these scary times.

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    Top photo via CNN

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    Just one day after swearing in accused sexual abuser Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court is back at it with a harmful order—and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan have something to say about it in a powerful dissent.

    Unlike many other states, North Dakota does not have any form of voter registration. Instead, there’s currently a lower-court order that mandates all voters in North Dakota arrive at the polls with certain specific forms of ID, including proof of residence. This order blocks around 20% of the state’s voters from casting their ballots in November, Ginsburg noted in her dissent, and disproportionately impacts the state’s large Native population, since many Native Americans living in North Dakota have different forms of identification without street addresses.

    In the words of the Native Americans Rights Fund, “the U.S. postal service does not provide residential delivery in these rural Indian communities. Thus, most tribal members use a PO Box. If a tribal ID has an address, it is typically a PO Box address, which does not satisfy North Dakota’s restrictive voter ID law.”

    This is a problem that could have lasting effects for North Dakota and for America: as Mother Jones reported, Senator Heidi Heitkamp is “considered the most vulnerable Democrat in the Senate,” and won her seat by a margin of under 3,000 votes six years ago. Heitkamp has been consistently critical of these voter ID laws for awhile: in an interview last May with The West Fargo Pioneer, she called the legislation “unnecessary” and argued that the order was meant to “clearly target” the Native American population of North Dakota. 

    Republicans supporting the order claim that it helps fight voter fraud—but as Mother Jones wote, in-person fraud is very rare, and as Heitkamp told the Pioneer, there’s no evidence that voter fraud of any kind is a problem in North Dakota. In a 2006 letter, as shared by the NARF, North Dakota Secretary of State Alvin Jaeger explicitly wrote that “during my fourteen years as…the state’s chief election officer, my office has not referred any cases of voter fraud to the United States Attorney, the North Dakota Attorney General, or to local prosecutors. We haven’t had any to refer.”

    In her dissent, Ginsburg wrote:

    “The Eighth Circuit observed that voters have a month to ‘adapt’ to the new regime. But that observation overlooks specific factfindings by the District Court: (1) 70,000 North Dakota residents—almost 20% of the turnout in a regular quadrenial election—lack a qualifying ID; and (2) approximately 18,000 North Dakota residents also lack supplemental documentation sufficient to permit them to vote without a qualifying ID.”

    If you live in North Dakota—or anywhere in the U.S.—you can find everything you need to know about your local voting laws and registration deadlines on

    Top photo via Flickr Creative Commons / Wake Forest University School Of Law

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    We are 47 days out from one of the most important elections of our lifetimes, and there is a lot on the line. Despite how fond (or not) you may be of Joe Biden, one thing is for sure: the courts may never be the same if he loses. The "Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in the hospital" freakout is such a well-recognized feeling among left-leaning folks that it has become a meme. Bader Ginsburg is a national treasure, of course, but we deserve better. The moral balance of a nation should not solely depend on one 87-year-old woman. This is precisely why the next Supreme Court nomination is so deeply important. Last week, Trump released 20 new names to select a Supreme Court nominee if he has the chance to. If Bader Ginsburg was to retire, Trump could create a dangerously one-sided Supreme Court, of which we will certainly feel the repercussions of for decades.

    The list includes people like Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Josh Hawley of Missouri— all people who have made nationally recognizable names for themselves by railing against social progress in the last few years. Although Hawley admitted he is not interested in a place in the high court, his stance, like others on Trump's list surrounding issues like Roe v. Wade, is clear. "My principal role in this process, this latest process, was to state where I will begin with judicial nominees, which is asking where they are on Roe vs. Wade," he stated after Trump's list was released. Cotton, another possible pick, tweeted, "It's time for Roe v. Wade to go."

    Roe v. Wade, the ruling protecting a women's right to choose, is seriously at stake if a vacancy were to arise in the Supreme Court. One of the names on the list that could be a threat to Roe v. Wade is Judge James Ho. Two years ago, he was seen in the national news for describing abortion as a "moral tragedy" and accusing the lower court of "anti-Christian bias."

    Daniel Cameron, the Black, Conservative attorney general from Kentucky, who faced intense criticism surrounding the death of Breonna Taylor was also included in the list.

    The LGBTQ+ community's rights are at stake as well, with one pick, Kyle Duncan, being known almost exclusively for his bigotry. Before becoming a judge, he built a legal career on targeting the LGBTQ+ community. Earlier this year, he wrote a ten-page opinion insisting on calling a trans litigant by the wrong pronouns.

    In a White House press conference last week, Trump said, "Over the next four years, the next president will choose hundreds of federal judges and one, two, three, four Supreme Court justices." The Washington Post noted that, "Unlike the Gorsuch types on the list four years ago, Cruz and Cotton are widely known – and detested – by liberal activists." In other words, like most things Trump does, this is a signal. With widely recognizable names packed into this list, it even makes those who may not be deeply invested in politics perk up.

    During last month's Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama pleaded, "If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me — they can, and they will if we don't make a change in this election." This new Supreme Court list is a reminder of this. Not just for Democrats, but everyone, because a real democracy depends on balance to function in the slightest.

    Top Image: Flickr/Gage Skidmore


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