Kirsters Baish| It has been reported that longtime liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will miss arguments on Monday for the first time since her appointment to the Supreme Court in 1993. The 85-year-old is currently recovering from surgery intended to “remove cancerous nodules from her left lung,” according to Breitbart News.
The liberal Justice is currently recovering from the surgery that was meant to remove the cancerous nodules, which was performed on December 21. She will reportedly be participating cases using transcripts, as reported by Court spokesperson Kathy Arberg.
It has not yet been reported when Justice Ginsburg will be returning to her position.
The justice was discharged from Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital in New York City on December 25. Doctors found no further evidence of remaining cancerous growths after the surgery, nor did they detect any additional disease.
Despite previous medical issues, Ginsburg, the oldest member of the Court, has never missed an argument.
Ginsburg underwent two cancer surgeries in 1999 and 2009 and has suffered broken ribs on at least two occasions. In 2014, the justice had a stent inserted into her right coronary artery. According to Ginsburg’s doctors, cancerous growths were discovered during treatment for her fractured ribs, which occurred in a November 7 fall at her office.
Following the justice’s hospitalization, President Donald Trump told reporters that he wished her good health.
Fox News reports that a spokesperson for the Supreme Court stated that Ginsburg is still recovering from her December surgery.
Fox explains, “Ginsburg, 85, last month underwent a pulmonary lobectomy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center after two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered, the Supreme Court said in a statement. The discovery came incidentally during tests after she fractured several ribs during a fall in November. The news release said both nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant, but scans performed before surgery indicated no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body. No further treatment was planned. After sustaining a fall in November, Ginsburg initially missed a non-argument session when justices took the bench for routine business.”
In 1993, then-President Bill Clinton appointed Ginsburg to her position on the Supreme Court. During Barack Obama’s second term, Ginsburg turned down calls for her to step down from her position, “citing a potentially smoother confirmation process with a Democrat-controlled Senate,” according to Breitbart.
Ginsburg, who has made a name for herself as the Supreme Court’s token leftist, has spoken of her goal to stay on the bench through the year 2020. She stated that she would be hiring “law clerks for at least two more terms,” according to Breitbart. Ginsburg also said during a December interview following the screening of On the Basis of Sex, which is a biopic about her life, “I said I will do this job as long as I can do it full steam.”