Is a Future Replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Horizon?

With U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s health in decline and with her missing oral arguments all this week, there is increasing talk about the possibility her health may force her to step down.

Though Justice Ginsburg, 85, has lived through two previous bouts of cancer and has continued working, her most recent lung surgery to remove cancerous growths has taken a toll on her health and her career, forcing her to miss Supreme Court oral arguments for the first time in 25 years.

While she can’t be present in court, Justice Ginsburg is participating in the arguments remotely. However, she has said that she would serve as long as she could “go full steam” at it.

We certainly wish Justice Ginsburg well, but if she should step down, President Trump would make his third appointment to the bench. If President Trump’s past trends continue, his pick would continue to swing the Court to the more conservative side. We will be watching this story as it develops.

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