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US Supreme Court justice Ginsburg breaks ribs in fall

US Supreme Court justice Ginsburg breaks ribs in fall

US Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg has fractured three ribs after a fall on Wednesday, the court says.

She initially went home, but went to George Washington University Hospital early Thursday morning after experiencing discomfort overnight.

A little over six years ago, Ginsburg fell while at the court as well, fracturing two ribs.

Speaking to reporters on the White House lawn as the news of Ginsburg's fall broke, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway wished Ginsburg a "full and speedy recovery".

"If Ruth Bader Ginsburg needs any of my bones or internal organs I don't need mine", said actress Leslie Grossman. She also had surgery to treat colon cancer in 1999. After the 2014 mid-term, when Republicans took back the Senate, her retirement became all the less likely.

Given her age, some Democrats have expressed concerns about Ginsburg's health. President Donald Trump attended the ceremony for his pick to the Supreme Court. Over the summer, she admitted that she planned to serve on the Supreme Court for at least five more years.

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According to a Court spokesperson (via CNN's Manu Raju), Ginsburg has fractured three ribs in the fall.

With Trump praising the Senate results of the USA midterm election as a "big victory" for him and his Republican supporters, it should be noted that the GOP win also opens the door wide for POTUS to get in another justice nomination if Ginsburg throws in the towel before 2020. Ginsburg was Clinton's first Supreme Court pick.

"If I had my choice of dissenters when I was writing for the court, it would be Justice Scalia", Ginsburg told the paper.

She is considered the leader of the court's four liberal members, and a well-known champion of women's rights, most notably establishing "an important gender equality precedent" in 1996's United States v. Virginia court case. She has expressed support for the #MeToo movement.

According to the Associated Press, she has had a history of health problems that she has overcome in recent years.