Ginsburg in hospital with rib injury
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a critical liberal voice on the Supreme Court, was hospitalized Thursday morning with three broken ribs after falling in her office the day before.
Ginsburg, 85, went home after her fall Wednesday evening and experienced discomfort during the night, a Supreme Court spokeswoman, Kathy Arberg, said in a statement. She was admitted to George Washington University Hospital on Thursday morning for observation and treatment. Doctors found three broken ribs on her left side.
The next sitting of the Supreme Court begins Nov. 26, and Ginsburg’s history suggests the injuries are not likely to keep her away. She broke two ribs in 2012, without missing work. And she returned to work quickly after undergoing a heart procedure in 2012. She is also a cancer survivor and returned to work less than three weeks after having surgery.
Ginsburg is the linchpin of the four-member liberal minority on a Supreme Court that has shifted ideologically to the right under President Donald Trump. In less than two years in office, he has appointed two justices, and he has vowed to fill any openings with more staunch conservatives.