"We will never see a day when women of means are not able to get a safe abortion in this country," Ginsburg told msnbc on Friday.

The justice went on to explain that laws restricting abortion would only apply to those who don't have the funds or the means to go elsewhere.

Ginsburg pointed to the 1992 decision Planned Parenthood v. Casey, in which the Court affirmed, and in some ways expanded the Roe decision. "I don't want to make any predictions," Ginsburg said. "But precedent is important in this court."

Overturning Roe, she added, "could happen, but I think it's not a likely scenario."


In contrast to her conservative colleagues, some of whose decisions have rested on the premise that racism is an artifact of the past, Ginsburg told msnbc, "People who think you could wave a magic wand and the legacy of the past will be over are blind." Residential and educational segregation persist, she said, as does discrimination in lending.

And when the time comes, what would she like to be remembered for?

"Someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability," Ginsburg said. "And to help repair tears in her society, to make things a little better through the use of whatever ability she has."


Well done, Irin. Thank you, Justice Ginsburg.