Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Justice Ginsburg Again Bemoans Court's Lack of Regard for Women's Equality
Poor, lonely Justice Ginsburg. In today's Washington Post, Robert Barnes reports on Justice Ginsburg's frustration with the Supreme Court's decision yesterday making it more difficult for workers to sue for unequal pay:
The decision moved Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to read a dissent from the bench, a usually rare practice that she has now employed twice in the past six weeks to criticize the majority for opinions that she said undermine women's rights.
Speaking for the three other dissenting justices, Ginsburg's voice was as precise and emotionless as if she were reading a banking decision, but the words were stinging. "In our view, the court does not comprehend, or is indifferent to, the insidious way in which women can be victims of pay discrimination," she said.
Last month, Ginsburg rebuked the same five-justice majority for upholding the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act and for language in the opinion that she said reflected "ancient notions about women's place in the family and under the Constitution -- ideas that have long since been discredited."
Read the decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Read Justice Ginsburg's dissent in Gonzales v. Carhart (addressing the federal abortion ban).