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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized after fracturing 3 ribs in fall

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Deanna Wagner | 08 November, 2018, 18:39

The justice married Marty Ginsburg in 1954 and the couple attended Harvard Law School together.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Thursday after breaking ribs in a fall at the high court. At 85, she is now the oldest member of the court.

In 2012, Ginsburg disclosed to a reporter that she had recently broken two ribs in a fall but did not take time off because of the court's heavy workload at the time.

According to a report from NBC's Pete Williams, Ginsburg, 85, actually went home after the fall on Wednesday night. The hospital determined that "fractured three ribs on her left side". In February 2009, she underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer and returned to the bench later that very month.

But Ginsburg, the court's oldest sitting justice, has consistently been adamant that she has had no intentions of retiring.

RBG's office says she fell Wednesday night while in her SCOTUS office, and even went home thinking she was fine - but, after experiencing some pain overnight, the Justice chose to go to George Washington University Hospital Thursday morning.

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This report will be updated as further information becomes available.

Ginsburg has served on the court for 25 years.

In the 2018 midterm elections, Republicans won seats in the U.S. Senate, making future Supreme Court confirmation battles easier.

The Supreme Court has never needed the Notorious RBG more than it needs her now. The next oldest justice is Stephen Breyer, who is 83. She later apologized for what she said were inappropriate remarks.

There's precedent for her lengthy service, as Justices Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. and John Paul Stevens were both 90 when they retired. "When I can't do the job full-steam".

This is a developing story.