Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, fell and cracked three of her ribs Wednesday and went to hospital after experiencing ‘discomfort’
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is already up and working in her hospital room, a day after breaking three ribs in a fall, her nephew said late on Thursday at the Hollywood premiere of a film about her life.
Ginsburg, a ground-breaking liberal jurist who at 85 is the oldest U.S. Supreme Court justice, was hospitalized on Thursday after falling at her office at the court, a court spokeswoman said.
‘The last I heard she was up and working, of course, because what else would she be doing, and cracking jokes,’ her nephew Daniel Stiepleman said at the premiere of the film ‘On the Basis of Sex’, about a gender-based discrimination case Ginsburg tried as a young lawyer in 1972.
‘I can’t promise they were good jokes but they were jokes,’ said Stiepleman, who wrote the script for the film with input from the justice herself.
Ginsburg, who made her name as an advocate for women’s rights, is one of four liberals sitting on the court, to which she was appointed in 1993 by then President Bill Clinton.
The court’s 5-4 conservative majority was restored last month when the Senate confirmed Republican President Donald Trump’s appointee Brett Kavanaugh after a contentious nomination process in which Kavanaugh denied a sexual assault allegation from his youth.
Ginsburg went home after the fall but experienced discomfort overnight and went to George Washington University Hospital on Thursday morning, court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in a statement.
Tests showed Ginsburg fractured three ribs on her left side and she was admitted for observation and treatment, Arberg added. The court is due to hear its next arguments on Nov. 26.
If Ginsburg were unable to continue serving, Trump could replace her with a conservative, further shifting the court to the right.
Aunt Ruth is OK: Daniel Stiepleman spoke at the premiere of On The Basis Of Sex in Hollywood to say the Supreme Court Justice is up and working in her hospital room
Drama: The fall came just before the premier of On The Basis of Sex in which Felicity Jones plays Ruth Bader Ginsberg when she was a young lawyer who struggled for equal rights , while Armie Hammer takes on the role of her husband Marty
Elegant: Felicity Jones, 35, arrived on the red carpet for On The Basis of Sex in a bold scarlet suit jacket and matching skirt. She plays Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a young attorney
Missing RBG: President Trump and the first lady pose with the rest of the Supreme Court bench who are from left: Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer and Clarence Thomas; Chief Justice John Roberts; and Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh with his wife Ashley; Associate Justices Samuel Alito, and Elena Kagan
With his man: Donald Trump posed with Brett Kavanaugh in the Justices’ Conference Room of the Supreme Court
Congratulations: Melania Trump signed a book at the inauguration ceremony for the new associate justice and later tweeted:’Congratulations Justice Kavanaugh. I know you will continue to serve our country with honor’
A potentially dominant 6-3 conservative majority would have major consequences for issues including abortion, the death penalty, voting rights, gay rights and religious liberty.
As the oldest justice, Ginsburg is closely watched for any signs of deteriorating health.
She has bounced back from previous medical issues and has fallen twice before at her home, in 2012 and 2013, leading to rib injuries. She was treated in 1999 for colon cancer and again in 2009 for pancreatic cancer, but did not miss any argument sessions either time.
In 2014, doctors placed a stent in her right coronary artery to improve blood flow after she reported discomfort following routine exercise. She was released from a hospital the next day.
Trump went to the court on Thursday for a ceremony welcoming Kavanaugh to the nation’s highest court. Kavanaugh was sworn in to the lifetime job last month.
The president took the First Lady Melania Trump with him for the trip to the opposite end of Pennsylvania Avenue, where the first couple posed with the rest of the Supreme Court bench and Kavanaugh’s wife, Ashley.
The inauguration is traditionally attended by all the Supreme Court bench.
Also present Thursday was retired justice Anthony Kennedy, whose seat Kavanaugh is taking and for whom the new justice had been a clerk.
The ceremony, however, did not feature the tradition of the new justice posing on the steps of the court with Chief Justice John Roberts because of security concerns.
The president sat with the first lady at the front of the marble-walled courtroom near the justices’ mahogany bench, making no public remarks.
Some leading congressional Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and outspoken Trump ally Senator Lindsey Graham, attended. The event came a day after Trump fired Jeff Sessions as attorney general; Matthew Whitaker, who Trump named as Sessions’ interim replacement, participated.
Honored visitor: Retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy – who new justice Brett Kavanaugh had clerked for – also posed (far left) for a photograph in the Justices’ Conference room with the First Couple and from left: Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer and Clarence Thomas; Chief Justice John Roberts; and Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh with his wife Ashley; Associate Justices Samuel Alito, and Elena Kagan
On his way to court: Donald and Melania Trump took the Beast from the White House to the home of the third branch of government
Back again: Donald Trump met with Lindsey Graham on the South Lawn of the White House when he returned from the Supreme Court
Ceremony: The Supreme Court was the venue for Brett Kavanaugh’s formal inauguration as associate justice
On his way: Donald Trump’s motorcade heads for the Supreme Court to mark Brett Kavanaugh’s inauguration
Ginsburg called Trump an egotistical ‘faker’ when he was running for president in 2016, in an unusual foray into politics by a justice. Trump responded, saying her ‘mind is shot’ and she should resign. Ginsburg later expressed regret, saying ‘judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office.’
She is a hero among many U.S. liberals, who revere her as ‘The Notorious R.B.G’, a nickname based on a late rap star. A documentary film about her, ‘RBG,’ was released earlier this year, and the Hollywood biopic will be released on Christmas.
The director, Mimi Leder, called described the film as Ginsburg’s ‘origin story’, a term used in superhero movies.
‘Our thoughts are with her tonight after her fall yesterday. We send her our love and pray for a speedy recovery. I have it on good word that she’s in great shape, and she is shooing the doctors out of her room so she can work,’ Leder said at the premiere. She told Reuters her own information about Ginsburg’s health had come from Stiepleman.
Ginsburg has helped buttress equality rights during her time on the high court, including in sex discrimination cases.
Her career was shaped in part by discrimination she faced as a young lawyer in a predominantly male profession: she was one of just nine women at Harvard Law School in the 1950s, and later struggled to find a firm that would hire her.
‘She was making mistakes, finding out who she was, had a very young family, her husband wasn’t very well,’ actress Felicity Jones, who plays her in the film, told Reuters on the red carpet. ‘She was juggling a lot of difficult things at the same time but always (had) this absolute commitment to the law.’
Ginsburg voiced support for the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct after Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault by a university professor, saying that unlike in her youth, ‘women nowadays are not silent about bad behavior.’
Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation process convulsed the nation just weeks before Tuesday’s congressional elections in which Trump’s fellow Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives but expanded their majority in Senate.
On Wednesday, Trump credited the fight over confirming Kavanaugh, who was strongly opposed by Democrats, for the gains in the Senate.
‘She can take anything she needs!’ Twitter users are offering to donate their own RIBS and other organs to keep Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg healthy after her fall
The nation was left shaken on Thursday after it was revealed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized from a fall at the office that left her with three fractured ribs.
The 85-year-old woman, nicknamed RBG, was admitted ‘for observation and treatment’ early on Thursday morning after her Wednesday fall because she experienced discomfort overnight.
Ginsburg is the oldest Supreme Court justice and one of four liberal-leaning judges on the high court. So the news rocked the Democrats as many online offered to give her anything — including their ribs, internal organs and bubble wrap — to keep the prominent woman healthy until the next Democratic presidency.
Twitter was flooded with people digesting the news of Ginsburg being admitted to George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. with three rib fractures.
Although many recognized they couldn’t actually donate a rib to the fallen justice, it didn’t stop them from still making the offer.
Actress Alyssa Milano, 45, was one of the ones reacting to the news online, writing: ‘Ruth Bader Ginsberg [sic] can have my ribs. And my kidneys and a lung, And anything else she needs. She can even have my husband on Thursdays.’
Another supporter was in agreement with Alyssa and wrote: ‘I will literally give three ribs to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg if she needs them, along with whichever other body parts she requires until 2020.’
Panicked: The news rocked liberals in the United States, including actress Alyssa Milano, who need Ginsburg to stay healthy until 2020
Priorities: People online made insane offers to donate their own ribs to the liberal-leaning justice to keep her healthy
True: The news shocked the nation after a tumultuous news cycle yesterday involving President Donald Trump firing Jeff Sessions as his attorney general
Fair: One person asked how no one has thought to wrap Ginsburg in bubble wrap to keep her safe until the next presidential election
Concerned: Many people said the justice’s health should take priority for the next two years
Willing: One person shared that he would buy the justice an inflatable hamster ball to keep her body safe
Make it happen: One person joked Ginsburg should be kept in bubble wrap until she decides to retire from the high court
On the way: There were a number of gifs and memes to express how people would donate anything to keep Ginsburg healthy
In an attempt to make light of the situation, supporters joked the Democrats needed to wrap the justice in bubble wrap in an attempt to keep her healthy for the next two years.
‘How have liberal activists not physically bubble wrapped RBG yet?’ Journalist Sam Stein wrote on Twitter after the news broke on Thursday morning.
Ginsburg previously broke two ribs in a fall in 2012. She also survived two bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014.
Despite all these health setbacks, Ginsburg has come back stronger than ever and even recently spoke about how long she intends to remain in her seat.
‘I’m now 85,’ Ginsburg said in July, according to CNN. ‘My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so I think I have about at least five more years.’
But these health scares have worried Democrats who don’t want Ginsburg to step down and allow President Trump to appoint his third Supreme Court justice.
‘Holy f*** can we just wrap Ruth Bader Ginsburg in bubble wrap and cary her around in a sedan chair for the next two or more years because she is currently our country’s most precious natural resource,’ one person wrote after news broke.
Another person wrote: ‘GoFundMe for a 20-foot thick bubble wrap inside which Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be placed for at least two years.’
Ginsburg, who was the second woman ever nominated to the Supreme Court, has become an icon for women’s right movements and advocates.
She recently gained celebrity status after her biography, The Notorious RGB, released and was made into a documentary.
A movie entitled On The Basis Of Sex will explore more of Ginsburg’s background in law before her Supreme Court appointment, and the justice will be played by Felicity Jones.