Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg missed oral arguments this morning for the first time during her tenure.

Ginsburg, 85, underwent surgery last month to remove cancerous nodules on her left lung.

Chief Justice John Roberts announced Ginsburg “will participate in the cases based on the transcripts of the oral arguments.” The justices will hear 11 cases in the next two weeks.

No one knows when she will return to work.

From The Wall Street Journal:

The justice has survived several health scares since joining the court, including a bout with colon cancer in 1999 and early-stage pancreatic cancer, which doctors caught in 2009.

Medical experts have said it would likely take a few weeks for her to recover from her latest procedure.

In Monday’s first case, the justices are considering whether to allow personal injury lawsuits alleging that Merck & Co. didn’t adequately warn that its osteoporosis drug Fosamax could cause abnormal thigh-bone fractures.

In the day’s second case, the court is weighing whether a federal law governing debt-collection practices applies to certain foreclosure proceedings.

Doctors discovered the cancerous nodules on Ginsburg’s lungs in November after she fell in her office, which led to broken ribs. She underwent surgery to remove the tumors in December and left the hospital five days later.

The Supreme Court spokeswoman “said that after the surgery no further treatment was planned, and that there was no evidence of remaining disease.”

Ginsburg is the oldest member of the Supreme Court, but she hired clerks through 2020. I guess that means she’s plans on sticking around. The ultra-liberal justice has made it known that she doesn’t want President Donald Trump replacing her. The left has shown support for her as well. Some have even jokingly offered her their limbs and organs.

I say jokingly, but who knows. I wouldn’t be shocked if some of them actually do that!


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