Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Undergoes Heart Surgery
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a coronary catheterization procedure this morning at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center to place a stent in her right coronary artery. The coronary blockage was discovered after Justice Ginsburg experienced discomfort during routine exercise last night and was taken to the hospital. She is resting comfortably and is expected to be discharged in the next 48 hours.
Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg (born March 15, 1933) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She is the second female justice (after Sandra Day O’Connor) and the first Jewish female justice.
She is generally viewed as belonging to the liberal wing of the Court. Before becoming a judge, Ginsburg spent a considerable portion of her legal career as an advocate for the advancement of women’s rights as a constitutional principle. She advocated as a volunteer lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union and was a member of its board of directors and one of its general counsel in the 1970s. She was a professor at Rutgers School of Law–Newark and Columbia Law School. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
In recent years Ginsburg has become an internet celebrity with multiple tumblr accounts dedicated to the Jusitice. She has mentioned in the past that she gets a kick out of the cult of celebrity that has cropped up around her on the Internet over the past few years. The most Notorious account being Notorious R.B.G. , which according to here appeared in the wake of her dissent on the striking down of the Voting Rights Act
“I admit I had to be told by my law clerks what’s this ‘notorious,’ and they explained that to me,” Ginsburg told Yahoo News’ Katie Couric in an interview published Thursday. “But I think that the website is something that I enjoy, all of my family do.”