SC Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Votes Against Trump Immigration Rules After Cancer Surgery

Ruth Bader Ginsberg poses for official Supreme Court Justice photo.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg poses for official Supreme Court Justice photo.

As the Trump wrecking machine increasingly rattles much of America, progressives, Democrats and centrists alike got an unexpected blow in the gut on Friday with news that beloved Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, was in surgery at Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. Notorious RBG, as the pop icon Justice is called, is recovering from her third bout with cancer with the removal of two nodules from her left lung.

Sloan Kettering doctors insist that Ginsburg’s lung cancer did not spread to other areas of her body, leaving weeping Americans believing that she will make a full recovery.

Weeks ago, Ginsburg fell in her office, fracturing several ribs. During her treatment, scans revealed the cancerous growths. Even cancer surgery didn’t get in the Supreme’s way, as Her Honor cast a deciding vote from her hospital bed against US President Donald Trump’s attempts to place new restrictions on migrants seeking asylum in the US.

With her vote, and that of Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. joining the four-person liberal wing, the highest court refused to overturn a lower-court decision that the Trump administration can’t enforce its new policy of denying asylum to migrants who illegally cross the Mexican border.

“Whatever the scope of the president’s authority,” Judge Tigar wrote in the earlier ruling appealed to the Supreme Court, “he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden.”

Trump slammed the decision as the work of an Obama-appointed judge. There is concern that Trump is increasingly at odds with Chief Justice Roberts, who responded to Trump’s tweet about Judge Tigar with the statement: “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” the chief justice said, adding that an “independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Film 'On the Basis of Sex' Draws Sold Out NYC Crowd With Clinton + Steinem

Director Mimi Leder, actor Armie Hammer, actor Felicity Jones, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Hillary Clinton and Gloria Steinem

Director Mimi Leder, actor Armie Hammer, actor Felicity Jones, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Hillary Clinton and Gloria Steinem

“She’s not a superhero; she’s a woman like many others of her generation,” Mimi Leder, director of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biophic ‘On the Basis of Sex’ told the packed audience at New York’s Walter Read Theatre director on Sunday. The audience included Gloria Steinem (wearing an RBG-inspired Lingua Franca sweater that read “all rise”) and former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Vogue writes that RGB received a hero’s welcome from an audience that gave her a standing ovation at every opportunity.

“She is an exceptional woman who changed the culture with her intelligence and her eloquence, “ Leder continued, emphasizing the reality that themes of her story are universal: “She didn’t go into the law to become a champion for equal rights. She went into the law because she thought she could do that job better than any other.”

“I ask no favor for my sex,” Ginsburg’s voice says at the end of the film. “All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.”

Justice Ginsburg’s nephew Daniel Stiepleman wrote the script for ‘On the Basis of Sex’, and her daughter Jane helped edit the movie script.

Interviewed by NPR’s Nina Totenberg for a Q&A after the screening, RGB praised the film, but did clarify that the ending took artistic license in a court scene in which Jones’s character initially stumbles during her statement only to recover late and win over the judges during her rebuttal? There wasn’t a rebuttal—and to quote Ginsburg, she didn’t need one: “I didn’t stumble.”

Asked if she thinks a future Supreme Court justice would receive the kind of bipartisan support she received during her 1993 confirmation process, Ginsburg referenced her deceased husband Marty: “All it would take was determination from senators on both sides of the aisle to begin functioning the way the Senate should function,” Ginsburg said. “I think there will be a way back. I can’t predict that I’ll see it in my lifetime, but one of the things that Marty often said about our country is that the true symbol of the United States is not the bald eagle—it’s the pendulum—and when it goes too far in one direction, it’s going to swing back.”