How Three Fierce Female Justices Took Control of the Supreme Court
When the Supreme Court last heard oral arguments in a landmark abortion case, it was April 1992, the case was Planned Parenthood v Casey, and Sandra Da ...
“On one side, you have a group of testy male justices needling a female lawyer for Texas clinics about whether it was even appropriate for them to hear this appeal. On the other, you’ve got four absolutely smoking hot feminists pounding on Texas’ solicitor general for passing abortion regulations that have no plausible health purpose and also seem pretty stupid.
It felt as if, for the first time in history, the gender
playing field at the high court was finally leveled, and as a
consequence the court’s female justices were emboldened to just ignore
the rules. Time limits were flouted to such a degree that Chief Justice
John Roberts pretty much gave up enforcing them. I counted two instances
in which Roberts tried to get advocates to wrap up as Justices Ruth
Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor simply blew past him with more
questions. There was something wonderful and symbolic about Roberts
losing almost complete control over the court’s indignant women, who are
just not inclined to play nice anymore.“