WASHINGTON – The United States Supreme Court’s most senior liberal justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who two weeks ago announced that she was undergoing chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer, has been hospitalized once again, the court said on Wednesday.
“Justice Ginsburg underwent a minimally invasive non-surgical procedure today at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City to revise a bile duct stent that was originally placed at Sloan Kettering in August 2019,” the court said in a statement.
“According to her doctors, stent revisions are common occurrences and the procedure, performed using endoscopy and medical imaging guidance, was done to minimize the risk of future infection,” it added.
The justice has been “resting comfortably and expects to be released from the hospital by the end of the week.”
Ginsburg, 87, was previously admitted to the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on July 14 with a fever and chills, to treat a possible infection and underwent an “endoscopic procedure to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August,” the court then said.
Three days later, Ginsburg announced that she had cancer again, for which she has been receiving treatment twice a week. She reiterated that she did not plan to retire and continues in her duties.
“I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam. I remain fully able to do that,” she said in a statement on July 17.
The judge has had several bouts of cancer. In 1999, she had colon cancer; in 2009, she overcame pancreatic cancer; in 2018, she had tumors removed from her left lung; and in the summer of 2019, she had radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer.
Appointed by former president Bill Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg is the oldest judge of the nine that make up the Supreme Court and in recent years has had health problems that have forced several hospital admissions.
The health of the magistrate, due to her advanced age, has the country in suspense, especially the progressive ranks, who fear that if Ginsburg leaves the Supreme Court, her substitute will be chosen by President Donald Trump to expand the existing conservative majority of the most important court in the country.
The president and justice have had a difficult relationship after Ginsburg called him a “faker” before the 2016 election, which prompted Trump to call for her resignation.