Georgetown UniversityRuth Bader GinsburgGives Talk

DIscusses abortion rights, campaign finance

4 Feb, 2015

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on stage during a talk with Law Dean William Treanor for the Annual Dean's Lecture at Georgetown University Law Center.  February 4, 2015.  Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.Ginsburg says that young women may have to fight to preserve abortion rights for the poor in the face of new limits. Speaking to students at Georgetown University Law Center, Ginsburg also expresses her worry about “our system being polluted” by money pouring into election campaigns—including judicial elections. She says she is hard-pressed to explain to foreign audiences why elections in the United States can be so dominated by powerful donors.

I can’t say when, but one day sensible restrictions on campaign finance will be the law of the land. There will never be a time when women of means won’t have a choice. In the worst case scenario, a woman who can afford a plane ticket or a bus ticket will have a choice. Women who won’t have that choice are poor women.

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