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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized After Fall

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized After Fall

On Wednesday night, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell, cracking three ribs and getting rushed to the hospital, the Associated Press reported.

Support for Ginsburg, and also concern for the balance of power on the Supreme Court, also poured in on social media after the court announced her fall. She called Supreme Court police to take her to George Washington University Hospital in Washington early Thursday after experiencing discomfort overnight, court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said. The severity depends in part on whether the ribs are cracked or broken all the way through, and how many are broken.

Tests showed that she had fractured three ribs on her left side and she has been admitted for observation and treatment. The same thing happened in 2012, when she broke two ribs and then went right back to work the next day despite being in pain.

The court's 5-4 conservative majority was restored last month when the U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's appointee Brett Kavanaugh after a contentious nomination process in which Kavanaugh denied a sexual assault allegation dating to the 1980s. Her husband died in 2010 at age 78 of cancer.




But she has never missed Supreme Court arguments.

As one of the court's older members, Ginsburg's health has become the subject of much attention in recent years. She later apologized for what she said were inappropriate remarks.

Should Ginsburg or any of the other three liberal justices step down while President Donald Trump is in office, that crucial advantage at the highest level of the judicial branch of the USA government could grow even larger.


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