Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced Friday that retirement isn’t in her immediate future.
According to the Associated Press, Ginsburg revealed last week that she had been undergoing treatment for what she described as a recurrence of cancer. The news came just days after she was admitted to a Baltimore hospital for what her office called a “possible infection,” as Fox News noted.
Despite her diagnosis and recent hospitalizations, Ginsburg has made clear that she has no plans of stepping down from the high court.
“I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam,” Ginsburg said in a statement Friday, according to the AP. “I remain fully able to do that.”
Ginsburg’s health history
Ginsburg, who, according to the AP, was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by then-President Bill Clinton, has survived cancer a number of times over the last two decades. According to ABC News, she was first diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 1999; 10 years later, in 2009, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, ABC reported.
In 2018, Ginsburg revealed that she had lung cancer, a discovery that was made after a fall left the justice with three broken ribs, as NBC News reported at the time. And just last year, a new tumor was found on the now-87-year-old’s pancreas, according to NPR.
Now, it seems the disease is back. In her Friday statement, Ginsburg said she “began a course of chemotherapy” in May.
“The chemotherapy course… is yielding positive results,” she said, according to the BBC. “My most recent scan on 7 July indicated [a] significant reduction of the liver lesions and no new disease.
“I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment,” Ginsburg added in her statement. “I will continue bi-weekly chemotherapy to keep my cancer at bay.”
Trump’s two cents
A doctor who spoke with the AP but who hasn’t examined Ginsburg himself says all signs point to Ginsburg’s cancer being “incurable,” since it has spread to her liver, but he noted that “it’s not been growing rapidly.”
“There’s no reason to think she would die imminently,” he told the AP. Of course, that hasn’t stopped Washington insiders from asking whether President Donald Trump is teeing up a replacement for Ginsburg.
For now, however, the president is wishing the Supreme Court’s eldest justice the best. “I hope she’s better,” Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden upon hearing of her hospitalization last week, according to a White House transcript. “She’s actually given me some good rulings… I wish her the absolute best.”