By J. N. Saturday August 24 2019
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was successfully treated for a malignant tumor on her pancreas, the court says in a press release Friday.
The 86-year-old justice completed a three-week course of radiation therapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. No further treatment is needed at this point, the statement continued.
In a sign of liberal panic at the prospect of an additional open Supreme Court seat, David Axelrod, Obama’s chief advisor tweeted:
Ginsburg is an iconic figure among liberals. This latest episode illustrates how a health issue can quickly change the court’s composition.
A departure by Ginsburg — or 81-year-old Justice Stephen Breyer — would clear the way for President Donald Trump to place another conservative jurist on the court.
That could be a crucial change on such issues as abortion, gay rights, gun control, immigration and Obamacare.
Ginsburg has repeatedly said she plans to stay on the court as long as she can do the job ‘full steam’.
The court also stated:
“The abnormality was first detected after a routine blood test in early July. The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body.”
The court said Ginsburg canceled her annual trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, but has otherwise continued an active schedule.