Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Continued Absence From Supreme Court Raises Health Concerns

Ruth Bader Ginsburg needed to have surgery recently to remove cancerous growths from her lungs. This week she has been absent from the Supreme Court and some people, particularly those on the left, are starting to become concerned about her health.

The Hill reports:

Ginsburg’s absence on bench renews concerns over health

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was absent from the Supreme Court bench for a second consecutive day on Tuesday, raising concerns about whether her recent health scares will keep her off the bench for a prolonged period of time.

Chief Justice John Roberts noted Ginsburg’s absence when the justices took their seats for oral arguments, repeating his remarks from Monday in which he said Ginsburg is “unable to be present” for the court’s sitting but will participate in the decisions using transcripts of the arguments and court briefs.

The 85-year-old justice missed her first oral argument this week in more than 25 years as she recuperates at home following a surgical procedure on Dec. 21 that removed two cancerous nodules from the lower lobe of her left lung.

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Roberts did not say whether Ginsburg will be back at court on Wednesday.

“I don’t want to speculate about her health, but it doesn’t seem like a good sign,” said Elizabeth Slattery, a legal fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation. “Perhaps she’s just resting up and will be back up to 100 percent soon.”

There may come a point where she just has to step down. And then we’ll have a whole new war over the Supreme Court.


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