Wednesday, September 21, 2005


Justice Ginsburg once supported lowering the age of consent to 12?

Professor Volokh shows that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg did in fact endorse lowering the age of sexual consent for American youth to twelve years old. She did so in 1974 while a law professor at Columbia University.

I'm not sure what is more disturbing - the act itself or that someone who believes in the act rose to the Supreme Court of the United States.

The Professor didn't show me anything. After reading 25 pages, it was clear the report was on being gender specific. Then, I did a search for the word "consent," and it wasn't found.
Is there somewhere(credible)where I could research this statement attributed to Ginsburg for accuracy?
I find it (almost) impossible to believe Ginsburg would have been a proponent of lowering the age of consent to 12.
Sharon -

I thought that Volokh did a good job in his post showing that the gender specific argument was untenable, but I suppose that rational minds can differ on his effectiveness.

As for positions that Ginsburg took previous to her appointment to SCOTUS, I don't find her endorsement of what is akin to child abuse quite consistant.


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