After the first day of oral court disputes by telephone Monday morning, Ginsburg went for an outpatient test at a hospital in Washington. The tests, according to the statement, “confirm that he is suffering from gallstones that have migrated to his cystic tract, obstructing and causing infection.”
Ginsburg is currently “resting comfortably” and will participate in Wednesday’s oral argument by telephone from the hospital. He hopes to stay in the hospital for “a day or two.”
Ginsburg has a long history of medical problems.
“At Justice Ginsburg’s request, the Court has set aside limited private space next to his health facility for Judge Ginsburg to exercise. His doctors share his view that the training session is very important for his well-being,” Arberg told CNN.
“This space is used exclusively by the court,” Arberg added. “There are no other judges who use this space, and the employee gym is closed to all users.”
The liberal icon is well-known for his opinion on issues of civil rights, including the landmark case of opening the Virginia Military Institute for women.
His disagreement in recent years has continued to energize Democrats as Republicans control the White House and Senate, and the Supreme Court moves to the right.
In 2013, Ginsburg was nicknamed “Notorious RBG,” a drama about former rapper Notorious B.I.G., in response to the dissent he wrote when the majority of the court issued a milestone decision to restore voting rights.
He said last year he would “keep working” as long as he could “do it passionately.”
This story has been updated with additional background information.