FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Chairman of the Allen County Republican Party Steve Shine says the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg remains shocking.
"It's a great loss for all Americans, Republicans and Democrats that a person of that legal intelligence is no longer with us now," said Shine.
Ginsburg was known for her pro-choice stance, pertinent to women's rights and pregnancy, but her passing provokes questions of which successor is to fill her seat, and when?
“I think those who are in the pro-life line of thought see this as the opportunity to strengthen their position on the Supreme court if the U.S. Senate makes that decision by approving President Trump’s nominee prior to or during the remainder of the year,” said Shine.
Right to Life of Northeast Indiana’s Abigail Lorenzen says she’s hoping Ginsburg’s successor focuses on pro-life values.
“We’re hoping it’s someone that interprets the constitution similarly as we do, focusing on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as opposed to an interpretation that looks at a penumbra shadow of the interpretation of the 14th amendment,” said Lorenzen.
But Lorenzen says she understands how Ginsburg’s passing can instill fear into mothers who feel unprepared for children.
“For a lot of women, the possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned is scary and so Ginsburg’s passing is sort of another step toward that possibility. But we don’t know who’s going to be appointed...” said Lorenzen.
She says Right to Life of Northeast Indiana plans to support any mother who feels more vulnerable now.
Auburn Birthing Center Certified Nurse Midwife Stephanie VanderHorst says President Donald Trump’s administration will likely move hastily in filling Ginsburg’s seat.
“I give it two weeks and he’ll have a nomination announced,” said VanderHorst.
She says while Ginsburg’s stance didn’t fit everyone, she believes the late Supreme Court Justice served her time well.
VanderHorst says, “She had one particular aspect that many of us disagreed with, but where she placed her family within her career is very important for all of us. I don’t think anybody can argue or disagree with those character traits.”