US. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives at a lecture on September 26 at the Georgetown University Law Center…
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The Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized for “observation and treatment” after she dropped and blasted three ribs, says a court language woman.
Ginsburg, 85, fell to her office in the Supreme Court on Wednesday evening, according to the court. After experiencing discomfort overnight, she went to hospital on Thursday morning.
“Tests showed that she broke three ribs on the left side and she was taken for observation and treatment,” read the statement. “Updates will be made when they become available.”
Ginsburg has served in court for 25 years.
For years, the question of her possible retirement from the court has strained speculation and sometimes criticism – some Democrats believe Ginsburg should have retired under the Obama administration to ensure that her court seat had been filled by a liberal judge.
If Ginsburg goes down under the Trump administration, the president will elect another member, who is likely to lean the court to the right.
But Ginsburg, the oldest sitting justice of the court, has consistently been established that she has no intention of retiring.
“I will retire when it’s time,” said Ginsburg NPR’s Nina Totenberg 2016. “And when is it time? When I can not do the job full steam.”
It is the forerunner of her long service, such as Justices Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. and John Paul Stevens were both 90 when they retired.
Ginsburg is more than a legal titan. She has become an unlikely pop culture icon, especially popular with young women.
And because of her age and her fan that accompanies liberals, her health is closer than perhaps any other justice to the court.
Her training routine, presented in a documentary and then in a book, has attracted much attention.