Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court’s oldest Justice, was taken to the hospital on the evening of July 13 and is being treated for a presumed infection.
Ginsburg Admitted to the Hospital Again
The 87-year-old Democrat was experiencing fever and chills and was taken to a hospital in Washington. The next day she had a procedure at Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland. Ginsburg had a bile duct stent placed in August and the most recent procedure was to clean out that stent.
The Court said the Justice is “resting comfortably and will stay in the hospital for a few days to receive intravenous antibiotic treatment.”
Her Intense Medical Ride Over the Years
The Justice has had quite a medical ride over the last few years. In early May, she was in the hospital for acute cholecystitis, which is a benign gallbladder condition. Not including this latest presumed infection, Ginsburg has been admitted to the hospital twice since November due to infections, Breitbart News reported. In August, she had radiation treatment for a pancreas tumor.
Ginsburg has had pancreatic cancer twice and underwent surgery in 2018 to remove cancerous growths from her lung. Taking it even further back, she had surgery in 1999 for colorectal cancer.
Liberal Ginsburg Won’t Give Up Her Agenda
Fighting Donald Trump is one of Ginsburg’s favorite pastimes, as well as fighting for LGBTQ and abortion rights.
In March, she discussed the Louisiana abortion bill, which would have potentially caused greater restrictions on abortions.
“If the woman has a problem, it will be her local hospital that she will need to go to for the care, not something 30 miles from the clinic, which does not have a necessary relationship to where she lives,” Ginsburg said.
“Most of the people who get abortions never have any need to go to a hospital, isn’t that so?” She continued. “You don’t dispute … that among medical procedures, first-trimester abortion is among the safest, far safer than childbirth.”
Despite her health problems, this has not stopped her from still being a vocal supporter of gay marriage and attempting forcing businesses to bake cakes for gay weddings.
“Ginsburg has long been a vocal supporter of marriage equality. Prior to the Obergefell decision making marriage equality legal across the land, Ginsburg was determined that the country was ready for it. Then, when the Supreme Court began hearing arguments for Obergefell, Ginsburg shut down every single one arguing against same-sex marriage. Not only does Ginsburg consistently support marriage equality constitutionally, but she also shows her support in practice. She has performed numerous gay weddings, as well as officiating a gay U.S. ambassador’s vow renewals,” the Baltimore Outloud wrote.
Supposed “conservative” Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the liberal justices and the Louisiana law was struck down.
Conservatives Hold the Majority But Republicans Keep Losing
Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the U.S. court by President Bill Clinton in 1993. She was voted in by a 96-3 vote over 25 years ago. As it stands now, conservatives hold the majority of 5-4 in the Court. Even though she has faced numerous health battles, the justice still prevails to keep her Supreme Court seat – much to the disappointment of those who value unborn life and conservative values.