Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized With Fractured Ribs

Frederick Owens
November 8, 2018

Since Supreme Court appointments are for life, it is Ginsburg's right to remain in office as long as she can fulfill her duties. She went home for the night because she didn't think it was that serious, NBC News explains.

The court says the justice went to George Washington University Hospital in Washington early Thursday after experiencing discomfort overnight.

Ginsburg's hospitalization comes on the morning of the formal investiture of the court's newest justice, Brett M. Kavanaugh.

In other words, this isn't Ginsburg's first rodeo, and it sounds like she has a decent shot at bouncing back. Ginsburg in 2012 fractured two ribs in a fall and remained mum about the incident for several months.

Ginsburg has served on the court for 25 years.

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Tests showed that she had fractured three ribs on her left side and she has been admitted for observation and treatment.

This report will be updated as further information becomes available.

She was appointed to the court by former president Bill Clinton in 1993.

Asked past year if she was contemplating retirement, she said, "As long as I can do the job full steam, I will do it".

In the 2018 midterm elections, Republicans won seats in the U.S. Senate, making future Supreme Court confirmation battles easier. "When I can't do the job full-steam".

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