Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who strongly supports abortion, was admitted to the hospital this morning after fracturing three ribs. Ginsburg is battling multiple health concerns and that, combined with her advancing age, has led political observers to wonder if she will step down from the Supreme Court if her ability to work there is compromised.
According to the Supreme Court public information officer, Ginsburg was admitted to the hospital on Thursday morning after falling and fracturing three ribs.
The court’s public information office said that Ginsburg, 85, fell in her office at the Supreme Court on Wednesday night and subsequently returned to her home. But she began to feel discomfort overnight and went to George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., on Thursday morning.
There, Ginsburg underwent tests, which showed she fractured three ribs on her left side. She was then admitted for observation and treatment, according to the court.
Ginsburg won’t be in attendance at Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s investiture, which is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m.
Ginsburg was nominated to the Supreme Court by former President Bill Clinton and has been on the bench since 1993. She recently celebrated her 25th year on the high court.
Over the summer, Ginsburg said she has no plans to retire any time soon.
A reliable supporter of abortion on demand, Ginsburg is 85 years old. But during a public appearance Sunday, she told CNN she plans to stay on the court until she is 90.
“I’m now 85,” Ginsburg said. “My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so think I have about at least five more years.”
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The Washington Examiner reports Ginsburg discussed her plans for retirement in New York City after a play about the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
She already has hired law clerks for the next two years, according to the report.
There has been speculation that Ginsburg might retire while President Donald Trump is in office, and open up the opportunity for Trump to appoint three conservative justices to the high court. However, Ginsburg has repeatedly stated that she will not retire while she still is able to serve.
Ginsburg is beloved by abortion activists because of her decisions on the high court since the 1990s. A new film, scheduled for release on Christmas, will glorify her liberal activism.
“A woman’s control of her own body, her choice whether and when to reproduce, it’s essential to women and it’s most basic for women’s health,” she once said.
In 2016, she was one of the five justices who sided with abortion activists in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which struck down Texas abortion clinic regulations.
In a rare interview with the New York Times in 2016, Ginsburg said laws should not deny a woman “her right to choose” to abort her unborn baby. She and four other justices ruled that these safety regulations were an “undue burden” on women’s access to abortion.