DEVELOPING: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized After Fall, Fractures 3 Ribs

Lamar Ellis
November 8, 2018

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is hospitalized after taking a nasty fall that fractured 3 ribs, and the fall comes immediately on the heels of President Trump easing his path to confirming more Supreme Court Justices. In February 2009, she underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer and returned to the bench later that very month.

"Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell in her office at the Court last evening", reads the press release from the pubic information office. According to a statement from the Supreme Court, doctors admitted Ginsburg for further "observation and treatment".

Ginsburg has survived a series of health scares. She has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014. The hospital determined that "fractured three ribs on her left side".

But she has never missed Supreme Court arguments.

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Rib fractures are common among older adults, particularly after falls.

Ginsburg, who has served on the court since 1993, is the oldest of the nine justices and one of the court's four liberals. However, she reportedly hired clerks for the term that extends into 2020, indicating she has no plans to retire.

For years, the question of her eventual retirement from the court has spurred speculation and sometimes criticism - some Democrats think Ginsburg should have retired during the Obama administration to ensure that her slot on the court would have been filled by a liberal judge.

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