Ginsberg beats the fourth battle with cancer
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s fourth cancer battle has come to an end, as the Justice has finished treatment for pancreatic cancer. The news came from the court itself, announcing “the tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body,” on Friday, August 23.
Ginsburg, affectionately known as The Notorious RBG and The Great Dissenter, has had ongoing health scares since 1999 when she was first treated for colon cancer. A decade later she began treatment for what would be confirmed as early signs of pancreatic cancer, and last December she took her first break from the court to have cancerous tumors removed from her lung. This resulted in her first absence from arguments on the floor in January 2019, but in typical RBG fashion, she still participated through transcripts.
RBG has been on the court since 1993, as an appointee by President Bill Clinton. Since her first health scare, she has been open and vocal about her plans to continue working until she physically can’t.
Her position on the court is heavily talked about in the political world, as she is likely to be the next Justice to retire, therefore opening a seat on the bench for the president to fill. Whether it is under Donald Trump’s presidency or a future president, the newly appointed Justice will either balance out the bench or continue its’ teetering towards the right.