Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lost battle for life to pancreatic cancer


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died today of "complications of metastatic pancreas cancer," according to the Supreme Court. She was 87 years old and had fought off cancer five times before.

The second female justice* on the U.S. Supreme Court, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Over the years her positions on Obamacare, abortion rights, women's rights, gay rights and restrictions on the death penalty made her one of the most liberal judges on the court. 

“Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her -- a tireless and resolute champion of justice,” said Chief Justice John Roberts. 

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – the Notorious R.B.G. – was a fierce advocate for women's and reproductive rights, an unwavering champion for equality, and a titan of our legal system," says Congressman Mike Quigley, Illinois 5th District. 

"Our country is a better place because of her commitment to the cause. She gave voice to the voiceless and ensured that the law served every American, no matter how marginalized. She helped us become a “more perfect Union” and her legacy will continue to inspire generations to come. 

"One of only four women to serve on the Court in its 231 years, Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer and a cultural and feminist icon. I join every American in mourning her loss.”

Hillary Clinton says, "Justice Ginsburg paved the way for so many women, including me. There will never be another like her. Thank you RBG."

"I am very sad to hear of the death of Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg. She was a fantastic jurist and I very much appreciate her work on gender equality, civil liberties and pay equity," says Chicago attorney Catherine Garypie. 

"One thing that will always stay with me is her close friendship with Justice Scalia, despite their huge ideological differences. We can all learn a lot from that friendship." 

*The first female justice was Sandra Day O'Connor. She was appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1981 and served until she stepped down in 2006.

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