Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being asked by her liberal colleagues to resign from the Supreme Court before November. Justice Ginsburg, who is one of the most liberal justices who has served on the Supreme Court for 20 years, wrote a 35-page dissent full of vehement speech in opposition to the Court's 5-4 majority ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby on Monday.
Justice Ginsburg was the second female to ever serve on the Supreme Court. Prior to being appointed by former president Bill Clinton, Ginsburg dedicated much of her career to fighting for gender equality. In an interview regarding abortion with the New York Times a few years ago, Ginsburg frankly stated her liberal stance on abortion: "The government has no business making that choice for a woman," she said, implying that an unborn child should not have protected rights.
In her dissent, Ginsburg expressed her fears that the Supreme Court has "ventured into a minefield" by ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby. "In a decision of startling breadth, the Court holds that commercial enterprises, including corporations, along with partnerships and sole proprietorships, can opt out of any law (saving only tax laws) they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs," she wrote.
Many disagree with her beliefs, however. On "Talking Points," Bill O'Reilly said he believed that Ginsburg and the other three justices who voted to uphold the mandate are trying to deny Americans the freedom to act in accordance with their constitutionally protected rights. "If you believe that abortion is morally wrong, you have a right to opt-out, but these four justices would deny you that right - absolutely contradicting the constitution. Again, that's frightening," he said.
Despite her liberal record, the far-left is calling for Ginsburg to resign while democrats remain the majority in the Senate so that President Obama could appoint a more liberal justice in her stead. Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren reports that "The far-left is terrified that come November, Republicans will regain the majority in the Senate - which means if something does happen to Justice Ginsburg after November ... President Obama would be forced to nominate a more moderate justice than Justice Ginsburg. A moderate liberal who could get confirmed by a Republican senate."
The 81-year-old justice has had surgeries for colon and pancreatic cancers in the past couple of decades, and was hospitalized and treated for iron deficiency in 2009. She is the oldest justice on the Supreme Court.