Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who gave a blistering 35-page dissent in the Hobby Lobby birth control case last month, said that the male justices have a “blind spot” when it comes to women.
Ginsburg gave an exclusive interview to Katie Couric and Yahoo.
“Do you believe that the five male justices truly understood the ramifications of their decision?” Couric asked about the Hobby Lobby case.
“I would have to say no,” Ginsburg said.
Asked if the five justices revealed a blind spot in their decision, Ginsburg said yes.
Ginsburg compared the decision of the male justices to an old ruling that said discriminating against pregnant women was legal.
“But justices continue to think and can change,” Ginsburg told Couric. “They have wives. They have daughters. By the way, I think daughters can change the perception of their fathers.
“I am ever hopeful that if the court has a blind spot today, its eyes will be open tomorrow.”
Ginsburg also said while she respects the belief of the Hobby Lobby owners, “they have no constitutional right to foist that belief on the hundreds and hundreds of women” who work for them.
While she has been urged to retire so President Barack Obama could fill her spot and avoid the possibility of a Republican taking her seat, the 81-year-old Ginsburg says she’s not going anywhere soon, using Louis Brandeis, who retired at 82.
“I expect to stay at least that long,” she said.
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