2020-05-06 04:12:39 UTC
...for benign gallbladder condition...will be released tomorrow to continue
squeezing Presidents balls
(CNN) Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent nonsurgical treatment for a benign
gallbladder condition Tuesday afternoon at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, a
court spokeswoman said in a statement.
After the court's first day of oral arguments by phone Monday morning, Ginsburg
went for outpatient tests at a hospital in Washington. Those tests, according to
the statement, "confirmed that she was suffering from a gallstone that had
migrated to her cystic duct, blocking it and causing an infection."
Ginsburg is currently "resting comfortably" and will participate in Wednesday's
oral arguments by phone from the hospital. She expects to stay in the hospital
for a "day or two."
Ginsburg, 87, has suffered four bouts of cancer.
The justices are hearing oral arguments by telephone because of Covid-19, and
Wednesday they are scheduled to hear a case concerning the Affordable Care Act's
so-called contraceptive mandate.
Ginsburg has a lengthy history of medical issues.
She missed oral arguments for the first time in January 2019, while recovering
from surgery after two cancerous nodules were removed from her left lung the
month prior. At the time, she participated in the cases by reading transcripts.
The liberal justice had already received treatment in November 2018 for three
ribs she fractured during a fall in her office. And in August 2019, she was
treated for pancreatic cancer.
As a result, her health has come under increased scrutiny as the court grapples
with wide-reaching cases that can transform American law. Since coming to
office, President Donald Trump has made two appointments, Neil Gorsuch in 2017
and Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, deepening the conservative tilt.
But even in the face of health complications, Ginsburg has remained an active
participant on the high court -- including during Tuesday's oral arguments,
which were streamed live on CNN.
And last month, even though the Supreme Court was closed to the public due to
the pandemic, Ginsburg was working out there. At the time, Kathy Arberg, the
court's spokeswoman, said the justice had her own exercise spot.
"At Justice Ginsburg's request, the Court has set aside the limited private
space next to its health facility for Justice Ginsburg to exercise. Her doctors
share her view that the training sessions are essential to her well-being,"
Arberg told CNN.