Justice Ginsburg, 'Alive and Well'
By Robert Barnes
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is making it clear that she is not contemplating retirement, even though she recently was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Ginsburg made a point of not missing any of the court's most recent oral arguments, despite undergoing surgery on Feb. 5. Less than three weeks later, she returned to work, and, on Feb. 24, was in the front row as President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress.
"First, I wanted people to see that the Supreme Court isn't all male," Ginsburg told the newspaper on Thursday. "I also wanted them to see I was alive and well, contrary to that senator who said I'd be dead within nine months."
Ginsburg was referring to Republican Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky, who had told a GOP gathering in his state that Obama would soon need to appoint a new justice because Ginsburg was suffering from a "bad kind" of cancer and would not recover. He later apologized if his comments "offended" Ginsburg and said he was glad to see her back at work.
Doctors removed two small growths from Ginsburg's pancreas, one of which was benign, along with her spleen. They said the cancer had not spread to her lymph nodes. Ginsburg survived colon cancer a decade ago, and has released more details of her illnesses than other justices have disclosed in the past. She has not said what treatment she is undergoing.
Ginsburg will turn 76 later this month, and indicated to the paper that her intention is not to retire for years. She has said in the past that her role model is Justice Louis Brandeis, who, like Ginsburg, joined the court when he was 60. He served until he was 82.
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