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Ashley Judd: Women, we are in the fight of our lives

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 24: Actress and activist Ashley Judd speaks during the 29th annual Conference of the Professional Businesswomen of California (PBWC) on April 24, 2018 in San Francisco, California. The PBWC is a day of keynote speakers and seminars by top female leaders and panels of industry experts. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

We owe a mighty mountain of gratitude to Justice Ginsburg for leading the way, and now we must move her legacy forward, writes Ashley Judd, even when faced with a Supreme Court nominee who would likely haul us back in time. The smart way to honor Ginsburg now is turn out the vote in massive waves and to vote for Biden and Harris.

My thoughts tumbled and rushed -- to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's beloved grandchildren, to reproductive rights, to the Supreme Court possibly deciding the outcome of the 2020 presidential election without her.

The Affordable Care Act and women's health and reproductive choice are all on the line, and I have every expectation that this confirmation would haul us back in time.

She was our voice in the room who steadily, unflinchingly, defended the equal dignity, rights and protections under the law of women and men.

The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care Act, and with Ginsburg's passing, the next justice may determine whether nearly 20 million Americans lose their health care.

Should Barrett be confirmed, she will have the chance to render enormously consequential decisions for American women for generations to come.

They are not only violating the very standard they themselves set in 2016 when they refused even to consider former President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick for nine months before the election, they are also flagrantly disregarding the votes of more than 10. 5 million Americans who have already cast their ballots and who want the next president to nominate the new justice.

Sen. Harris, like Justice Ginsburg, is guided by her deep and abiding desire for justice and equality "for the people. " No one can take RBG's place, but certain women among us strive to follow her path.

Sen. Harris is a trusted leader, truth-teller, long-time champion for women and children, LGBTQ+ rights, voting rights and civil rights.

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