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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87, according to a statement released by the Supreme Court, on Friday. According to the statement, Ginsburg died from pancreatic cancer complications. She has undergone treatment for cancer several times in the past, most recently over the summer.

“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tired and resolute champion of justice.”

Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by then-President Bill Clinton. A champion of Civil Rights, her court opinions often upheld the right to health care, including the Affordable Care Act. And in the 1999 landmark case Olmstead v. LC, Ginsburg wrote the majority opinion protecting the right of people with disabilities to live in the community.

Fans, friends and colleagues reacted to her death on social media and celebrated the powerful legacy she leaves behind.

Header image via Supreme Court of the United States / Public domain

Originally published: September 18, 2020
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