Pro-abortion Justice Ruther Bader Ginsburg will not be on the bench today when the court hears oral argument — marking the first time she has missed a session. She underwent cancer surgery December 21 and apparently has not recovered enough to participate.
The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing arguments for the first time in more than 25 years as she recuperates from cancer surgery last month.
Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Monday the 85-year-old Ginsburg is continuing to recuperate and work from home after doctors removed two cancerous growths from her left lung odn Dec. 21.
Ginsburg was discharged from a New York hospital on Christmas day.
Ginsburg had two earlier cancer surgeries in 1999 and 2009 that did not cause her to miss court sessions. She also has broken ribs on at least two occasions.
The court said doctors found the growths on Ginsburg’s lung when she was being treated for fractured ribs she suffered in a fall at her office on Nov. 7.
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.
“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.