Ruth Bader Ginsburg Fractures Three Ribs in Fall, Hospitalized

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Fractures Three Ribs in Fall, Hospitalized

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs after she fell in her office on Wednesday night.

A press release from the Supreme Court press office said Justice Ginsburg was taken to George Washington University Hospital Thursday morning, after "experiencing discomfort overnight".

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has served on the court since 1993. The hospital determined that "fractured three ribs on her left side".

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In her absence, the court was going ahead Thursday with a courtroom ceremony welcoming new Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who joined the court last month. She also was hospitalized after a bad reaction to medicine in 2009.

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In the 2018 midterm elections, Republicans won seats in the U.S. Senate, making future Supreme Court confirmation battles easier. The court won't hear arguments again until November 26.

When she battled colon cancer in 1999, Ginsburg did not miss a single day on the bench, despite chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The extent of Ginsburg's injury was not clear. But they can be very painful and controlling pain is key.

Should Ginsburg or any of the other three liberal justices step down while President Donald Trump is in office, that crucial advantage at the highest level of the judicial branch of the USA government could grow even larger.

Ginsburg is already five years past the average retirement age of the past 11 justices and is three years older than the recently retired justice Anthony M. Kennedy. She has also reportedly hired law clerks through 2020, sending the message that she plans on sticking around.

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