Court Reports Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized from Infection
The US Supreme Court announced on Tuesday that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, had been rushed to the hospital from a gallstone infection.
Following her hospitalization, Ginsburg underwent a non-surgical treatment for acute cholecystitis. The Justice’s doctors from John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore explained that her infection was a result of a benign gallbladder. The hospital stated that after the Justice underwent outpatient tests at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC, it was confirmed that she was suffering from a gallstone infection that had migrated to her cystic duct.
The Supreme Court issued an update claiming that the Justice had been resting, and will remain in the hospital for two days. Despite her recent hospitalization, Ginsburg planned to participate in an oral argument from her hospital bed.
The eight-year-long case, which will be held via a teleconference this Wednesday, involved the religious organization, Little Sisters of the Poor, which was founded to help serve the poor and the elderly. Based on the report, all justices will participate in the case via phone call.
The case began during the Obama administration, when the Sisters pushed back against the government’s mandate under the Affordable Health Care Act, requiring all employees to access health insurance, which includes providing birth control. Based on the law, places of worship may be exempted. However, the Sisters did not fall under such a category.
In 2016, the Supreme Court had made a unanimous decision to send back the Sisters’ case and instructed the government not to penalize the organization for noncompliance with the Affordable Health Care Act, and for failing to inform the government that the law is in conflict with their religious belief.
Thanks to President Donald Trump, a year later, the new administration filed an executive order defending religious liberty, and developing rules that would protect religious organizations. Based on Trump’s order, the law will exempt the Sisters and other religious organizations from forcing them to provide healthcare plans to their employees, which do not align with their own religious beliefs.
This is not the first time that the Justice has faced major health issues. In the past year, she had also survived colorectal, pancreatic, and lung cancer. However, despite her failing health, Ginsburg denied any possibility that she would leave the court, and allow the President to appoint another third justice. In fact, the 87-year-old claimed that she wanted to remain in the court until she turns 90.
If indeed Ginsburg were to retire while Trump remains in the office, he is the first president in American history with most court appointments. As the Economist lauded Trump’s achievement, citing that within a span of three years, the President was able to nominate and win the Senate confirmation of “192 federal judges, including 137 district-court judges, 51 appellate judges, and two Supreme Court justices. No president since at least Ronald Reagan has racked up judicial appointments so quickly.”