Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was in the news again this week for health reasons. She had cancerous growth removed from her lung according to a press release from the Supreme Court. Ginsburg underwent a pulmonary lobectomy in NYC over the weekend to remove two nodules from her lung, which were determined to be malignant.
Now she has been released from the hospital.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital Tuesday, after doctors removed two cancerous nodules from her left lung on Friday.
The 85-year-old justice left the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and is now recuperating at home, according to a Supreme Court spokeswoman. The high court advised that Ginsburg resumed work on Sunday.
Ginsburg has been hospitalized twice in 2018. In addition to Friday’s procedure — called a pulmonary lobectomy — she was admitted to George Washington University Hospital in November after she fell in chambers and fractured three ribs. The cancerous growths in her lungs were identified at that time.
Nonetheless, Ginsburg told a New York audience that her health was “fine” just days before Friday’s procedure.
The high court is currently adjourned for the holidays. The justices are not scheduled to gather until Jan. 4, when they will meet in conference to discuss pending petitions.
The elderly pro-abortion Supreme Court Justice instantly becomes a trending topic on social media anytime her health is in the news. Political observers on both sides are carefully watching her health to determine if she is able to continue as a Supreme Court Justice or if President Donald Trump will get yet another nomination to the nation’s highest court.
After the confirmations of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, pro-life advocates are hopeful that the Supreme Court is closer to overturning Roe v Wade and once again allowing states to legally protect unborn babies from abortion. Should Ginsburg pass away or no longer be able to serve on the Supreme Court due to health concerns, a replacement justice would almost definitely shift the court in the pro-life direction.
Recently, Ginsburg fully recovered from a November health scare, which saw the liberal darling fracture three ribs in a fall at the high court.
Speaking Saturday to NPR’s Nina Totenberg at the Museum of the City of New York, Ginsburg said she was “almost repaired” following the fall and had resumed her normal fitness regime.
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“Yesterday was my first day doing my whole workout routine,” she said.
The fall did not seem to inhibit Ginsburg’s work. Though she was absent for Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s ceremonial investiture Nov. 8, she did not miss any official business. Nine days after her fall, the justice was present at the White House when President Donald Trump awarded the Medal of Freedom to the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
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, 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.”
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.