Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg taken to hospital after fall
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the leading liberal-leaning member of the US Supreme Court, has been taken to hospital on Thursday morning. She fell in her office on the previous night.
According to the Supreme Court's Public Information Office, the 85-year-old fractured three ribs on her left side during the fall.
She is being treated at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Justice Ginsburg is in the hospital after falling in her office last night and fracturing three ribs. Press release from Supreme Court: pic.twitter.com/ITTKjhVzQi— Adam Liptak (@adamliptak) November 8, 2018
The incident, relating to the health of a member of the top court in America, may fuel fears among the blue political camp that the Trump administration would be able to appoint yet another conservative justice and potentially overturn previous decisions on issues like abortion.
Ginsburg has served on the court since 1993 and is the oldest of the nine justices. Should she be unable to continue serving, Trump will chose a replacement for her, which would likely change strengthen the current five-to-four conservative majority.
If Ruth Bader Ginsburg needs ribs I have like dozens of them that I'm not using, let's do this— Anna Merlan (@annamerlan) November 8, 2018
BREAKING: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell last night and fractured 3 ribs. She remained hospitalized. Best wishes this amazing woman. I can't imagine what would happen to this country if she were to step down and be replaced by yet another Trump appointee.GET WELL SOON!— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) November 8, 2018
I need someone to bubble wrap her entire home and fill it with the softest down feathers and round off any sharp corners. Protect RBG at all costs. https://t.co/9CPifOuP9s— Niya B. (@UndeNIYAble) November 8, 2018
The confirmation for the US President’s previous pick, Brett Kavanaugh, who replaced Justice Anthony Kennedy after his retirement, became a highly divisive process. Not only was Kavanaugh perceived as tipping the balance of views in the Supreme Court, but also he was appointed after allegations of sexual misconduct were put against him.
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