Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell in her office and fractured three ribs. The 85-year-old liberal justice was admitted to a hospital Thursday.
Ginsburgs health has been a matter of intense speculation in recent years. The courts oldest member, Ginsburg has survived multiple bouts with cancer, and in 2014 underwent a procedure to have a stent placed in her right coronary artery.
The liberal justice, who studied at Harvard Law School, was nominated to the highest court in the land by former President Bill Clinton in 1993 to replace retiring Justice Byron R. White. Ginsburg was Clinton's first Supreme Court pick. Prior to ascending to the Supreme Court, Ginsburg became the first woman to receive tenure at Columbia University Law School. She is also notably the co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union's Women's Rights Project.
“She went home, but after experiencing discomfort overnight, went to George Washington University Hospital early this morning,” the court said in a statement Thursday. “Tests showed that she fractured three ribs on her left side and she was admitted for observation and treatment.”
It is not the first time that Ginsburg has fractured her ribs while on the court. In June 2012, Ginsburg fractured two ribs in a fall and did not disclose the injury to the public until months later. The court said at the time that despite the fracture, Ginsburg “did not skip a beat.”
The Brooklyn-native, one of four liberal justices on the nine-member court, has said she plans to serve on the bench until she is 90, and has hired law clerks through 2020.
Justice Ginsburg in hospital after fracturing 3 ribs in fall
Her approach to the law has been described as cautious, though she has been influential in shaping jurisprudence in cases involving gender discrimination, womens reproductive health and international law.
She was the principal author of a landmark brief that led Supreme Court in 1971 to apply the the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to women.
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Ginsburg, the second of four women to serve on the high court, was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Before joining the court, she worked as the director of the ACLUs Womens Rights Project.
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News of Ginsburgs fall comes on the same morning as the formal investiture of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trumps second nominee to the high court.
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Washington (CNN)Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs after falling in her Supreme Court office Wednesday night, the Supreme Court said in a statement.
But the social media response to her injury highlights, in a lighthearted way, the anxiety surrounding the issues that so many Americans face in the Trump era, and the general fear among progressives that the reasoned and balanced world theyre used to living in is giving way to a world defined by extremism, fundamentalism, and a rollback of hard-fought social justice victories that span decades. To her fans, Ginsburg isnt just a judge, but a symbol of a worldview theyre fighting desperately to uphold.
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