Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has canceled a planned public appearance in Los Angeles set two weeks from now on January 29 due to her recuperating from lung cancer surgery. Ginsburg was scheduled to appear at the Skirball Center as part of a celebration of her career. An exhibit being shown at the center through March 10 is called “Notorius RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The Skirball Center released a statement Tuesday evening that said, “Update: An Evening with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is CANCELED. The Justice regrets that she is unable to visit the Skirball on 1/29. She is curtailing travel and focusing on her work while recuperating from recent surgery. Thank you for your understanding.”
Ginsburg’s appearance had just been announced on December 20. That turned out to be the day before she had surgery to remove two cancerous nodules in her left lung. Ginsburg was released from the hospital four days later and has reportedly been working from home. Ginsburg has missed every session of the Supreme Court since hearings resumed last week following the holiday break.
Supreme Court PIO Kathy Arberg issued a statement Friday on Ginsburg’s status indicating Ginsburg is free of cancer following the surgery:
“Justice Ginsburg will continue to work from home next week and will participate in the consideration and decision of the cases on the basis of the briefs and the transcripts of oral arguments. Her recovery from surgery is on track. Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required.”
Ginsburg has previously been successfully treated for colon and pancreatic cancer in 1999 and 2009, respectively. She broke three ribs in a fall at her Supreme Court office in November. Her absence from the Court this month marks the first time she has missed oral arguments since joining the court.
The 85-year-old Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. She is the oldest on the Court, however her fellow Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, 70, is currently the longest serving having been appointed in 1991 by President George H. W. Bush.