Democrats reeling from the Supreme Court nominations of Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch hoped for continued health for the existing judges. Today, the AP reported that 85 year old Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery to remove cancerous tumors from her lungs.
Last month, Ginsburg suffered broken ribs after a fall at her home. She was able to recover and return to the court in due time.
Buzzfeed’s Chris Geidner tweeted out a health update from the Supreme Court. The letter read in part, “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a pulmonary lobectomy in NYC today to remove two nodules from her lung, which were determined to be malignant. “Post-surgery, there was no evidence of any remaining disease,”
BREAKING: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a pulmonary lobectomy in NYC today to remove two nodules from her lung, which were determined to be malignant. "Post-surgery, there was no evidence of any remaining disease," the court's public information office reports. pic.twitter.com/t4gGzi9Z2L
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) December 21, 2018
While the news will be seen as terrible for Democrats and potentially a boon for Republicans, it seems like Ginsburg will recover. She has recently told reporters that she does not plan on retiring until the age of 90. The Justice said, “My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so I think I have about at least five more years.”
While the media cycle is currently focused on the potential government shut down, this news is sure to reverberate through the halls.
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