Justice Ruth Ginsburg Hospitalized with Pancreatic Cancer

On February 5, 2009, the Supreme Court released a statement that Justice Bader Ginsburg had been hospitalized at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for surgery for pancreatic cancer, and is expected to remain in the hospital for seven to ten days, according to her surgeon, Dr. Murray Brennan. This has been confirmed by several news outlets, including the Associated Press, Fox News, and NBC News. This is Ginsburg’s second bout with cancer. She had surgery for for colorectal cancer in 1999 and underwent chemotherapy for eight months

Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg (born March 15, 1933, Brooklyn, New York) is an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. She was appointed by Democratic President Bill Clinton with the support of Republican Judiciary Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch in 1993 and generally votes with the liberal wing of the court. She is the second female Justice, Sandra Day O’Conner being the first, and the first Jewish woman to serve on the Supreme Court.