APHA mourns the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Date: Sep 18 2020

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Statement from APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD

We are deeply saddened by the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a cultural icon and fierce champion of gender equality and social justice.

As the second, and longest-serving, woman in U.S. history on the high court, she was a trailblazer for women’s rights and a staunch defender of reproductive rights, marriage equality and health care accessibility. She also worked fearlessly to advance the rights of disabled Americans and immigrants during her more than quarter century on the bench.

We honor her years of public service and commitment to provide equal opportunity for all Americans. We thank her for serving as a role model and blazing a trail against gender discrimination.

Our hearts go out to her family, friends and those who will continue her fight for social justice and equality.


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