On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court voted to allow enforcement of of a Texas law banning the majority of abortions in that state, and in the midst of their apoplectic outrage, a vocal contingent of liberals placed the blame on a surprising target, namely the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as the Daily Caller reports.
According to Fox News, the Texas statute signed by Republican Go. Greg Abbott earlier this year effectively prohibits women from obtaining abortions once a physician is able to detect a fetal heartbeat, something which typically occurs around six weeks’ gestation.
The law represents the most stringent abortion restrictions anywhere in the country, and the Supreme Court’s narrow 5-4 decision to allow it – for now – to remain in place prompted Democrats everywhere to descend into full-blown panic in which some declared Ginsburg responsible for what they view as the beginning of the end for Roe v. Wade.
Ginsburg, the leftists suggest, had a moral duty to retire from the high court during the tenure of former President Barack Obama, who could have then named an ideologically suitable replacement. The fact that she held onto her seat well into her 80s while also suffering substantial health woes, they argue, was a grave error which ultimately led to the narrow conservative majority currently on the bench.
The death of the jurist lovingly known to many on the left as the “Notorious RBG” died in September of 2020, paving the way for former President Donald Trump’s nomination of now-Justice Amy Coney Barrett, a move which solidified the rightward tilt about which liberals now complain.
In the grips of abject panic over the Supreme Court’s decision on the Texas law, some Twitter users turned their fury toward Ginsburg in the most offensive of terms, with @nandelabra serving as a particularly stark example, saying in a now-deleted tweet, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s categorical refusal to retire brought us here. So thanks you old dead white b****.”
Twitter user @JaymalGreen echoed those sentiments, though in a slightly less vulgar manner, opining, “Folks blaming Bernie for what happened in Texas are ridiculous. Did y’all not remember the time when we there was a democrat in office and had the chance to tell Ruth Vader Ginsburg to retire but didn’t?”
Journalist Eric Michael Garcia had a rather more sober assessment of the situation, as the Daily Caller noted, telling his Twitter followers, “I’ve said this before but these days, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s biggest legacy as a Justice (though not as an attorney) is Amy Coney Barrett.”
Given that Coney Barrett’s confirmation is widely viewed as the pivotal event ushering in a new era of conservative influence at the Supreme Court, Garcia – though surely unintentionally – may have engendered in legions of right-leaning Americans a newfound appreciation for at least one key decision made by the late justice.