Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized, expects to participate in oral arguments Wednesday

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FILE – In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, nominated by President Bill Clinton, sits with fellow Supreme Court justices for a group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, Friday. The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has undergone surgery to remove two malignant growths from her left lung. It is Ginsburg’s third bout with cancer since joining the court in 1993. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Tuesday was treated for acute cholecystitis at Johns Hopkins Hospital, according to the court’s office of public information. Acute cholecystitis is a “benign gallbladder condition,” according to the office, and Ginsburg plans to participate in oral arguments Wednesday.

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent non-surgical treatment for acute cholecystitis, a benign gallbladder condition, this afternoon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland,” a statement from the Supreme Court said. “Following oral arguments on Monday, the Justice underwent outpatient tests at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., that confirmed she was suffering from a gallstone that had migrated to her cystic duct, blocking it and causing an infection. The Justice is resting comfortably and plans to participate in the oral argument teleconference tomorrow morning remotely from the hospital. She expects to stay in the hospital for a day or two. Updates will be provided as they become available.”

The 87-year-old justice has had several health issues over the past few years, including multiple bouts with cancer. Ginsburg was treated for a tumor on her pancreas in August 2019. In December 2018, she had two cancerous nodules removed from her lungs. Ginsburg announced that she was “cancer free” in January.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments remotely via teleconference this week. The arguments were live streamed, allowing anybody with internet access to listen along.

First published on May 5, 2020 / 9:10 PM

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