Ginsburg: I'm Not Going Anywhere

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she'll retire from water-skiing—but not the Supreme Court

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 25, 2013 4:08 PM CDT

(Newser) – Ruth Bader Ginsburg is now 80, but she doesn't plan on retiring any time soon. In an interview with the New York Times, the Supreme Court justice, who has twice overcome cancer, says she still works out twice a week and the only concession she's had to make for age so far is giving up water-skiing—and possibly horse riding. "I haven’t gone horseback riding in four years," she says. "I haven’t ruled that out entirely. But water-skiing, those days are over."

Now the most senior liberal of what she calls "one of the most activist courts in history," Ginsburg says she was "disillusioned" by the court's decision on the Voting Rights Act. "It is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet," she says. But Ginsburg tells the Times she thinks the court is better off making slower, incremental change rather than sweeping reforms, giving Roe v. Wade as an example. "I think it’s inescapable that the court gave the anti-abortion forces a single target to aim at," she says. "The unelected judges decided this question for the country, and never mind that the issue was in flux in the state legislatures." Click through for the Times' full interview.

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses for a photo in her chambers at the Supreme Court in Washington.
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses for a photo in her chambers at the Supreme Court in Washington.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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