September 21, 2020

The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) joins mourners worldwide in grieving Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing and extends our deepest sympathies to her family and friends.

Justice Ginsburg was a champion for gender equality and a feminist icon to millions. She was a fierce defender of human rights and gender justice throughout her care as a litigator, a professor, and a jurist. For 27 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg shaped US law and public discourse through her opinions and dissents, including groundbreaking rulings that advanced and protected women’s rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQI rights, and disability rights. She leaves a lasting legacy of fighting for justice, especially for those most marginalized. Her decades of service have created a more just and equal society for us all, and inspired generations of women and girls worldwide as evidenced by the outpouring of remembrance and gratitude in recent days.

As fellow advocates for gender justice and reproductive rights, IWHC is indebted to Justice Ginsburg and proud to have fought alongside her to secure human rights for all. In 2014, Justice Ginsburg joined IWHC to celebrate our 30th anniversary and discuss progress, setbacks, and what’s next for sexual and reproductive rights. On that day and many others, she was outspoken in her belief that while Roe v. Wade was properly decided it was improperly framed as a decision about privacy rather than equal rights and autonomy. This guiding principle runs through IWHC’s work as we advocate for the rights of all individuals to make their own decisions and have control over their bodies and lives. We will carry forward her legacy by continuing to fight for equality and autonomy for all.

Justice Ginsburg’s passing has the potential to significantly alter the balance of the Supreme Court, threatening decades of progress on human rights and gender justice. With voting already underway and less than 50 days until Election Day, the International Women’s Health Coalition urges the Senate to reject any attempt to fill her seat until the outcome of the presidential election has been decided.

Contact: Liza Kane-Hartnett; (+1) 917.498.3346

Photo: Sean Sime for IWHC