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On Monday, for the first time in her career as a Supreme Court Justice, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will not be sitting on the bench as the court hears oral arguments.

Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg stated that Ginsburg, 85, who has served on the court since 1993 after being nominated by former President Bill Clinton and being confirmed by a vote of 96-3, will still peruse briefs and a transcript of the two oral arguments scheduled for Monday, according to The Washington Post.

On December 21, Ginsburg underwent surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York to remove two malignant nodules in her left lung; one of the two lobes of her left lung was removed. She was released from the hospital on December 23.

The last two months have been brutal for Ginsburg, as she fell on November 7 and broke three ribs. It was during the examination of her broken ribs at George Washington University Hospital that the cancerous nodules were found.

Ginsburg is a long-time survivor of cancer; she initially was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 1999; in 2009 she was diagnosed with a pancreatic cancer that was in a very early stage. Refusing to miss a day on the court, she scheduled the surgery for both problems on days when the court was not in session.

In 2012, Ginsburg fell and broke two ribs; in 2014, Ginsburg underwent another procedure in which a heart stent was implanted in order to open a blocked artery.

The Post reported of Ginsburg’s December 21 surgery, “John Kucharczuk, chief of thoracic surgery in the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, said the kind of surgery Ginsburg underwent is performed only when the doctors are convinced the cancer has not spread to other organs — in that case, the treatment would be a systemic therapy like chemotherapy.”

Ginsburg is determined to serve on the court as long as she can, having asserted in 2018, “As long as I can do the job full steam, I will do it.” In 2011, she said that if she had been nominated for the court in 2011, Republicans would not vote for her because of her work for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), asserting, “Today, my ACLU connection would probably disqualify me.”

In 2014, asked why she would not step down and let former President Barack Obama replace her with another like-minded liberal justice, she responded:

Who do you think President Obama could appoint at this very day, given the boundaries that we have? If I resign any time this year, he could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see in the court. [The Senate Republicans] took off the filibuster for lower federal court appointments, but it remains for this court. So anybody who thinks that if I step down, Obama could appoint someone like me, they’re misguided. As long as I can do the job full steam … I think I’ll recognize when the time comes that I can’t any longer. But now I can.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. J POLLS

    January 7, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Can’t wait to see the picture when she is hunched over the bench…………… CROAKED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. ca

    January 7, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    the clock is ticking……

    • Linda Cardin

      January 9, 2019 at 6:33 am

      Go home and enjoy the rest of your life. Connect with any family members left and be happy.
      Time is not on your side. Take care of you, for however long you have left.

  3. Mary Johnson

    January 7, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    This should tell them something of the state of her health and is time to step down. She would rather die on that bench thinking she will out last President Trump when she will not.

  4. Polly

    January 7, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Sign of things to come you think?

  5. DT

    January 8, 2019 at 12:36 am

    what happens? can’t catch oxygen?

  6. Bj

    January 8, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Another glaring reason she should be forced to retire…….she can no longer perform her duties but refuses to step down due to her biased hatred of everything Trump. A disgraceful show of obstanant arrogance and disrespect for the institution she swore an oath to and the people with cases coming before her expecting her “unbiased conclusions”. She can have her personal opinions all she wants but they should never be made public, especially in cases going before the court or that she thinks will end up in the court. I have no respect for the woman, as a matter of fact she turns my stomach.

  7. Mike Steeler

    January 8, 2019 at 5:45 am

    I had lung surgery a year ago in June. They cut me from front to back, closed me with 40 staples, had two chest tubes inserted under the ribs and had a surgeon who doesn’t believe in opioid pain meds. Went thru hell for four nights in the hospital. Although fully recovered, my rib area is still tender and sore. I am a 60 yr old man who was in good shape. I can’t imagine she is doing well with all of this.

  8. rosi

    January 8, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    She needs to retire while she still has some time above ground. She is definitely NOT unbiased. If I had a case coming before SCOTUS, I would petition for her to recuse herself on that basis.

  9. ahzz

    January 8, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    “Go Already… you old, lousy liberal witch.” GHEEEEEZ!

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