The news comes as a welcome relief for Democrats, who are worried that another retirement or vacancy could sway votes in the direction of President Trump.
During a rare interview on Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg revealed that she is now "cancer-free." In the past 13 months, the legendary Justice has been treated for cancer twice. Towards the end of 2018, she was diagnosed with lung cancer and two cancerous nodules were removed from her left lung, reports CBS News. This health constraint hindered her from attending oral arguments for the first time in 25 years. "Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required," said a spokesperson for the Supreme Court a few weeks later. In August 2019, a malignant tumor was removed from her pancreas. However, the 86-year-old feminist told the outlet that she was off to a good start this year. "I'm cancer-free. That's good," she told CNN.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced this week that she was cancer-freehttps://t.co/I4zrvn34n7— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 9, 2020
RBG's health has now become a public concern as she is one of four liberal justices on the nine-member supreme court. Despite being a liberal minority, Ginsburg has a way of steering any debate on a case. Being the oldest, she is obviously very experienced and this expertise offers a forward path for liberals as the balance of power on the court has shifted to conservatives. Losing her from the seat would be a definite challenge for Democrats. They are worried that another retirement or vacancy could sway the votes in direction of the current U.S. President, Donald Trump.
Ever since Trump took the office, he has nominated two justices to the nine-member court, according to the New York Times. Neil M. Gorsuch was nominated after the death of Antonin Scalia, and Brett M. Kavanaugh was proposed to replace Anthony M. Kennedy, who was considered the swing vote on the court before he retired in 2018. The senior member of the court's liberal wing has had multiple health issues over the past few years and this includes her being hospitalized for fever in November and fracturing three ribs following a nasty fall in her office in late 2018. Over a span of two-decade, she has been treated for cancer four times.
This news comes right before the Supreme Court resumes its oral arguments for 2020. Next week, the court will focus on myriad issues this year, including a Louisiana abortion law, workplace rights for gay and transgender people, a major Second Amendment case, and the release of Mr. Trump’s tax and financial records (a push by Democrats in Congress). Previously, Ginsburg pushes aside any skepticism about her well-being. During an interview with National Public Radio last year, she recalled a comment from a senator and said, "There was a senator, I think it was after my pancreatic cancer, who announced with great glee that I was going to be dead within six months. That senator, whose name I have forgotten, is now himself dead, and I am very much alive."