Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ruth Bader Ginsberg has Cancer!

Justice Ginsberg, the only female justice on the Supreme Court (since our beloved though Republican appointed Sandra Day retired to care for her sick husband), has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has been hospitalized.

The bad news is that pancreatic cancer is highly deadly.

The good news is that the cancer was caught early enough that her chances of survival are about as high as they can be. Also, she's survived colon cancer in the past, so we know she's a tough lady (plus anyone who can spend years working with Justice Scalia is a survivor in my book). The last time she had cancer she never even missed a day of work, receiving treatment during the Court's session.

The treatment for pancreatic cancer is apparently very intense however, so it's possible that after 15 years on the bench, she may retire from the highest court in the land. If that happens, I hope that President Obama will appoint a qualified female justice to carry on her legacy.

In the meantime though, we're pulling for you Ruth! All us Smith Dems are wishing you a big get well soon.