Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has issued a statement regarding her health (see below). In it, she explains her recent medical history, beginning with a recurrence of liver cancer in May. Ginsburg was discharged from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Wednesday the 15th.
This news is unexpected, given that various sources claimed she was receiving treatment for a bacterial infection, and doctors had to clean out a stent. In fact, she has been receiving chemotherapy for two months. As reported by the Daily News on Wednesday:
Initially, the Supreme Court said the 87-year-old justice expected to stay at the hospital “for a few days to receive antibiotic treatment” after doctors had to clean out a bile duct stent that she had placed last year during treatment for a cancerous tumor in her pancreas.
But a Supreme Court spokeswoman said Bader Ginsburg healed up quickly and was “at home and doing well” after being discharged Wednesday afternoon.–NY Daily News
Ginsburg’s subterfuge will only fuel the already plentiful rumors about her health and her ability to serve the court faithfully. She’s 87. She has been treated for cancer four times. She has had cancer in her colon, liver and pancreas. She has a stent in her heart (2009) and her pancreas (2019). She fell and cracked several ribs in 2012 and again in 2018.
CDMedia wishes Ginsburg a full and speedy recovery, but must also opine that her resignation is long past due. This “outlast Trump” charade has gone on long enough, and now dishonesty has crept in to further cloud the picture.
At 87, she is simply too old. Ginsburg has cited the late Justice John Paul Stevens as her model regarding age–he served until he was 90. But Stevens was healthy. Ginsburg is not. Further, aging and cognitive decline are irrevocably linked. The Supreme Court decides the most important cases in the nation, its justices should be mentally sharp and fully aware of the culture they inhabit.
It’s hard to maintain that someone born in 1933, someone who falls asleep during speeches, and now, someone who has deceived the nation about her health, is fit to serve on the highest court.