US SC Justice Ginsburg returns to work from hospital bed

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As a result, Ginsburg underwent non-surgical treatment for acute cholecystitis at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon, Arberg said.

"She is doing well and glad to be home", said a statement from the US Supreme Court.

A court spokeswoman earlier said she was "resting comfortably" at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital. The case revolves around a stipulation in the Affordable Care Act that employer-provided health insurance plans must cover birth control, which the Trump administration says violates employers' religious and moral freedoms. She also was hospitalized in November for flu-like symptoms.

When Ginsburg was receiving treatment following surgery for colorectal cancer in 1999, she followed advice from the first woman on the court, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who was back in court nine days after breast cancer surgery.

Ginsburg is now at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore where she is "resting comfortably", according to the press release. In January, Ginsburg revealed that she is cancer free, making this her fourth time surviving cancer.

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She returned to the bench, but said in August she had received radiation therapy to treat pancreatic cancer.

Ginsburg was also hospitalized in November for treatment of a possible infection.

The U.S. Supreme Court's experiment in conducting oral arguments by teleconference this week - a change forced by the coronavirus pandemic - went rather smoothly right up until what sounded suspiciously like a toilet flush was broadcast to the world. She is expected to stay for a day or two, according to the court's statement.

US Supreme Court justices serve for life or until they choose to retire, and supporters have expressed concern that if anything were to happen to Ms Ginsburg then a more conservative judge might replace her.

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