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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced Friday that she is in chemotherapy treatment for a recurrence of cancer, this time in her liver—the latest health scare for the 87-year-old, whose presence on the court is seen by liberals as essential to keep right-wing forces at bay.
In a statement, Ginsburg said the treatment was yielding positive results.
"I have often said I would remain a member of the court as long as I can do the job full steam," said Ginsburg. "I remain fully able to do that."
BREAKING: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is receiving chemotherapy for a "recurrence of cancer." The treatment has led to a "significant reduction of the liver lesions and no new disease."
A statement from the 87-year-old justice. pic.twitter.com/dHKGJPugU5
— Jimmy Hoover (@JimmyHooverDC) July 17, 2020
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Writer Brittany Van Horne was among observers pointing to the fact that the public's civil rights hang in the balance of Ginsburg's health is an indication of a deeper problem with American institutions.
"RBG's repeated hospitalizations and bad votes are starting to give me pause about believing our civil liberties should hinge on a single 87 year old woman," tweeted Van Horne, "but will need more evidence before I say anything too rash."
It just does not seem like a healthy functioning democracy when everyone trembles at the latest RBG health news
— David Freedlander (@freedlander) July 17, 2020
Progressives on social media wished the judge, also known as RBG, well.
"I swear every time I see a 'Breaking News' about RBG's health, I get an unpleasant sinking in my stomach," tweeted Democrat Kimberly Walker. "Let us pray for a speedy recovery."