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Justice Ginsburg Released From Hospital

Updated 10:18 a.m.
By Robert Barnes
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from Washington Hospital Center Friday morning after an overnight stay, and she plans to be back at work Friday afternoon, the Supreme Court said in a statement.

Ginsburg was admitted to the hospital Thursday after falling ill at the court after receiving an intravenous iron therapy, court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said. Ginsburg felt better after being attended by a physician at the court, Arberg said, but she was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Ginsburg's health has been a concern since the 76-year-old justice was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year. In February, doctors removed her spleen and a tiny tumor on her pancreas. Ginsburg said the operation was a complete success, and that she was cancer-free. She underwent what she called a precautionary round of chemotherapy in the spring, but never missed a day of the court's public sessions.

She has kept up a rigorous schedule of speaking engagements and work on the court and has said she does not plan to leave the court for years.

The court's statement Thursday night about Ginsburg is after the jump:

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was taken to the Washington Hospital Center this evening after feeling ill in her Chambers earlier in the day. The Justice felt ill at 4:50 p.m., about an hour after an iron sucrose infusion to treat an iron deficiency anemia that was administered at the Office of the Attending Physician.

The Justice underwent a comprehensive assessment of health in July 2009. This involved medical evaluation, imaging scans, and comprehensive blood tests. The result of this evaluation was that she was in completely normal health with the exception of a low red blood cell count caused by deficiency of iron. Intravenous iron therapy was administered in a standard fashion.

One hour following the completion of this infusion, she felt faint, developed light headedness and fatigue. Medical assistance was summoned from the Office of the Attending Physician and medical evaluation disclosed a slightly low blood pressure which can occur following this treatment. She was monitored at the Court, blood tests were performed and she was found to be in stable health. Fluids were administered and her symptoms improved, but she was taken as a precaution for evaluation at the Washington Hospital Center at approximately 7:45 p.m.

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If the daughter of a "right to lifer" gets pregnant by rape, then finds out the child will have minimal brain function and won't live long after birth, and then finds out that having the child will endanger the mother's life...hard core right to lifers would still prohibit termination of the pregnancy. The parent of the raped girl would then suffer the loss of that pregnant child, followed by the evenual lose of the newborn. The medical bills would drive the bereaved parent to brankruptcy.

McCain, at Saddleback, said claiming danger to the pregnant mother is an excuse that can be abused so it should not be legal.

There's your republican utopia.

Posted by: rooster54 | September 25, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Geeze, they have a doctor at the court to treat justices?

I have to wonder if we'd be doing justices a favor by setting a mandatory retirement age. It's not like there aren't tons of lawyers around to fill their places.

Posted by: RedBird27 | September 25, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Whatever else she may be, the lady is a fighter. Those who have not realized their humanity make profane remarks about her. Their punishment is to live in ennui.

Posted by: Gator-ron | September 25, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Justice Ginsburg,

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. The following item may or may not relate to the health and physical and psychological well-being of our nation's leaders -- but this issue is something you and your fellow Justices MUST be aware of:





A federal-local multi-agency coordinated action program -- an ongoing legacy of the Bush-Cheney years -- is committing a quiet genocide on thousands of unjustly targeted Americans via microwave/laser weaponry; covert financial exploitation; and a grassroots vigilante army fronted by community policing, town watch and anti-terrorism units who use covertly placed warrantless GPS devices, and cell phones, to stalk their targets -- protected by federal and local law enforcement who know all about it... American Gestapo hiding in plain sight, unreported by a complacent mainstream media, unaddressed by naive and apparently misinformed Obama officials. OR (if link is corrupted / disabled): RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 25, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Wow! This thread is a reminder that there are a lot of hostile, warped, sick people out there. It makes me ponder what Jesus would think of their unashamedly perverted comments. No wonder the Republican party is dying.

Best wishes to Justice Ginsburg.

Posted by: PaulMoeller | September 25, 2009 7:53 AM | Report abuse

rich110 is going to Hell, he forgot to capitalize "Lord". I thought the Christian Lord was a kind and forgiving one, are you Muslim Rich? Hope the justice makes a swift recovery.

Posted by: screwjob1 | September 25, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

she has prejudged many an unborn child and sentenced them to death before they ever had a chance at life. vengence is mine says the lord, she will be judged!

Posted by: rich110 | September 25, 2009 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Justice Ginsberg deserves our prayers as she is in a position of authority and is a human person created in God's image ... None of us is in a position to cast judgment -- except she or he who is perfect. Which is NOT to say one cannot vociferously disagree with her votes and her public statements -- but the young David set the standard by never raising a finger against King Saul ... even when he had the chance to stick him. We need most of all a return to civility -- and a return to telling the truth ...

Posted by: dflanakin | September 25, 2009 4:04 AM | Report abuse

well in her life there's no after life so she may as well keep at work. it's all that matters to her and the ACLU.

Posted by: stargirl1991 | September 25, 2009 12:26 AM | Report abuse

The Supremes should be elected by the people in each justice's circuit. The Founders thought they would "take politics out" of the judiciary with lifetime appointments of justices. Actually, appointing judges puts more politics into the process and makes them less accountable to the people than if they were directly elected by the people. Let the people interpret their own constitution by electing the justices, instead of having the justices interpret the constitution to please lucrative special interests.
The other mistake the Founders made was to use the word "value" in the phrase "To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin" when they meant REGULATE THE EXCHANGE RATIO between U.S. coin and foreign coin. This mistake made possible the labor-stealing FED/IRS fraud that is debt-based fiat/paper money.
It is impossible to "regulate the value" of anything because "value" is an individual subjective notion, existing in the eye of the beholder and IMPOSSIBLE to regulate. PROOF? Easy: You might pay $10/lb to eat beef liver, while you couldn't pay me $100/lb to eat it. So what then is the "value" of beef liver?

Posted by: johnraywilke | September 25, 2009 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Hope it's Ebola......then maybe Pelosi, Durbin, and Reid will come down with the same symptoms.

How's that for some "good ole" wishful thinking?

Have a nice day :)

Posted by: jcomalley | September 25, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

So who would Obama put in there next...Van Jones?

Posted by: Ted6 | September 24, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Joe Frazier check into a hospital after the first Ali fight as a precaution?

Posted by: gbooksdc | September 24, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

I agree with my liberal friends. She should die slowly and painfully just like the people she condemned.


Posted by: ItsOver1 | September 24, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

God have mercy on your soul Ruth. You and others like you have condemned untold millions of innocent lives to death and although God is a merciful god, He is also just. There will be HELL to pay for your sins.

Posted by: Be_leaving | September 24, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse


You need to study some Constitutional History. The Founders believed that the system that we have does provide for a separation of powers and a balance of power. The fact that a sitting President can appoint justices for life balances the fact that they are appointed by a President with one political viewpoint or another, to over-simplify the concept. If justices were subject to periodic re-appointment, then the political complexion of the Court would change with virtually every administration. Would that be a separation and balance of powers that you would prefer?

Posted by: hisroc | September 24, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

No matter how much seal meat she eats, pancreatic cancer will get to her quick;doesn't matter who it is it is just the nature of the cancer

Posted by: houston123 | September 24, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I wish the best to Ruth.

I thought the framers were never wrong. If they wanted us to have SC justices for life, mustn't we agree?

Posted by: msame | September 24, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Well when your're dead, your're dead and I truly pray for her soul as I know she needs it

Posted by: houston123 | September 24, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Ginsberg is 76? No offense but she has looked well into her 80s for the last ten years, at least. Aging that happens on the outside is happening to the organs, including the brain. It just shows how Americans have been able to extend their lifespans and carry on active lives under this medical system. Indeed, we need to move very cautiously if we don't want to undo its exemplary achievemtents. But there isn't a tinker's chance that the left will allow common-sense improvements, always agitating to throw the baby out with the bath water just to make history. Their vanity exceeds their goodwill.

Posted by: sidonie | September 24, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe the nonsense about seal meat.

But blackstrap molassas is an excellent source of iron. So are raisins.

Posted by: dotellen | September 24, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Quit wasting our money!

Posted by: ziploc | September 24, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I wish her well but, aside from her health, I think we should set a retirement age of 70 for Supreme Court justices.

Posted by: rob3 | September 24, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse


What you have said did nothing but support my whole point and reasons for discontent.

SC Justices are meant to be fair and impartial judges of our laws of the land, yet they frequently inject their own political views into rulings. Instead of selecting a jurist based on his/her legal prowess, the presidents look for someone who agrees with their political views first. The nomination process focuses little on the abilities of the nominees, but endlessly debates how liberal or conservative they are.

Was this what our Founding Fathers had in mind when they decided upon "SEPARATION of Powers"?

Posted by: Chuckled | September 24, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps she should just "take the pain pills". America do you get the feeling that the elites(SCOTUS, Senators, Representatives, Hollyweird, etc.) won't be the ones....irregardless of their do without top notch "American Healthcare"? I'm still waiting for one of these elites to jet off to Canada, Great Britian or Cuba for their healthcare.

Posted by: TimMD | September 24, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

I am praying for her.
I also know that the souls of million of aborted babies are also praying for her.

Posted by: Guallo | September 24, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Bitter_Bill | September 24, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse


So what you're saying is that baby seal cubs have to be beaten to death with clubs so that a liberal on the Supreme Court can live?

What's wrong with this picture?

Posted by: hisroc | September 24, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Here's the problem ~ she needs SEAL MEAT. It has 25 times the iron content of any other mammal, and the iron is linked in easily digested chemical forms.

Without her SEAL MEAT she will certainly die.

American laws prohibit Justice Ginsburg from getting the SEAL MEAT she needs to live.

Posted by: muawiyah | September 24, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that news from Supreme Court (of the Judiciary Branch) is placed under Obama Presidency (of the Executive Branch).

I guess they are one and the same in someone's eyes, or at least wishful thinking.

Posted by: Chuckled | September 24, 2009 8:23 PM


A conspiracy of biblical proportions.

Posted by: James10 | September 24, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse


You don't understand the finer nuances of politics. If a SCOTUS justice is ailing, then it represents a potential for the President to appoint a new justice. That is one of the unalterable legacies of any President. Despite the fact that Justice Ginsberg is a liberal, the opportunity for President Obama to appoint her replacement means that he could ensure that a liberal court member remains there for the next 20+ years, long after Justice Ginsberg would have retired.

Posted by: hisroc | September 24, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Judge Ginsberg may you have long, happy life and all your days full of pleasures happiness health, wealth and posterity you deserve as being a decent and caring human being. Professionally you can still be productive and help to the best of your ability and devotion you can render.

But at age 76 and for all the set backs you have suffered, it is a good time to retire and enjoy the golden years that you have left in this cruel and unappreciative world.

I wish you well.

Posted by: winemaster2 | September 24, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that news from Supreme Court (of the Judiciary Branch) is placed under Obama Presidency (of the Executive Branch).

I guess they are one and the same in someone's eyes, or at least wishful thinking.

Posted by: Chuckled | September 24, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Hope you're feeling better. Our thoughts (and best wishes) are with you.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | September 24, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

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