The Supreme Court issued a statement this week revealing that 87-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had been hospitalized due to a “possible infection,” Fox News reported.
“She underwent an endoscopic procedure at Johns Hopkins [in Baltimore] this afternoon to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August,” the high court said in its statement, according to Fox.
The statement went on: “The justice is resting comfortably and will stay in the hospital for a few days to receive intravenous antibiotic treatment.”
A history of hospitalizations
Ginsburg is the eldest justice currently serving on the Supreme Court — and though her personal trainer says she’s been maintaining her infamous exercise routine despite coronavirus-related lockdowns, the 87-year-old has suffered from a variety of health problems that seem to have picked up in recent years.
In addition to being hospitalized for infections in November 2019 and May 2020, as Fox reported, the Democrat-appointed justice has also survived multiple bouts of cancer. The latest news on that front came in August 2019, when Ginsburg received radiation therapy for a reoccurrence of pancreatic cancer.
The news came 10 years after Ginsburg was first treated for the disease, according to a report from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
Prior to that, Ginsburg underwent surgery in late 2018 to remove two cancerous nodules from her lungs, NPR reported. The nodules were discovered after a fall that left the justice with three fractured ribs, according to Fox.
Ginsburg was also treated for colon cancer in 1999, The New York Times reported, just six years after she was first confirmed to the nation’s highest court.
According to Fox, the Supreme Court’s latest statement “said Ginsburg was initially evaluated at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. on Monday night after experiencing fever and chills.”
A legacy tarnished?
Ginsburg’s liberal rulings have earned her widespread praise from like-minded fans, who have given her the nickname the “Notorious RBG,” as Rolling Stone has reported. But as her health struggles mount, some on the left have taken to criticizing the 87-year-old for not stepping down from the bench during Barack Obama’s presidency, which would have allowed the 44th president to pick a left-leaning replacement for her.
Mother Jones reporter Stephanie Mencimer wrote in 2018 that “no amount of swag or hagiography can obscure the fact that, while Ginsburg is responsible for a great number of landmark legal decisions, her legacy may be sorely tarnished by one truly terrible one: refusing to retire when President Barack Obama could have named her replacement.”
“There’s a real possibility Ginsburg will not outlast the Trump administration or live long enough for a Democrat to replace her,” Mencimer continued. “The situation today is one many liberal lawyers feared years ago and worked hard to avert.”