that historically, “the worst decision the court ever made was in the Dred Scott case.” She did not go into detail about why, but said in explaining her thinking about when she will dissent from a decision by the court, “I do it when I feel the court is egregiously wrong in its decision. I feel a dissenting opinion is made for the future of that issue.”
After about 40 minutes of questions from moderator Gerson, he turned to a Q&A session from those in attendance. Only seven people, one of those an unidentified child who appeared to be under 10 years old, stood to ask questions. The child’s question was, “What case(s) are the most difficult?” Ginsburg replied, “Cases involving the death penalty.”
One of those from the audience asked if the justices ever lobby each other on voting on issues being decided by the court. Ginsburg said, “No, there is never any horse trading or lobbying between the justices. We all vote based on our opinions.”
Asked if she was concerned about the balance of justices (conservative and liberal) “turning back the clock on certain issues like abortion,” Ginsburg replied, “We will never go back to the time before Roe v. Wade.”
“Places where restrictions have been attempted, like in Texas, clearly show who will be punished with such restrictions. The poor, the people who can least afford services needed. The restrictions are against poor women,” she said. Again, she added one of her famous quotes: “The emphasis must be not on the right to abortion but on the right to privacy and reproductive control.”
Asked about the newest Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, Ginsburg said, “The first week on the job, we had 13 cases before us. I can tell you he was prepared. I think he’s an excellent justice.”
Ginsburg has had two battles with cancer, the first in 1999 with colon rectal cancer. In 2009, pancreatic cancer was discovered early. She recovered from the surgery to cure her of it.
Currently the eldest member of the U.S. Supreme Court, she still works out at a gym located inside the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.