(CNN)This February, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reached the halfway mark of an unprecedented Supreme Court term, staring down what would be a momentous spring.

Behind closed doors, the justices had already cast preliminary votes on disputes concerning immigration, LGBTQ rights and the Second Amendment and they had voted to add even more blockbuster cases to an already bursting docket on issues related to abortion, Obamacare and President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Unbeknownst to the public, however, Ginsburg was battling another front. On the cusp of her 87th birthday, routine health scans in February revealed a recurrence of cancer with new lesions on her liver. Departing from her usual practice of transparency on medical issues, Ginsburg, one of the most important women in the United States, decided to withhold the news from the public while her doctors settled on a treatment plan. She only disclosed the diagnosis some five months later, after the term was over. EXCLUSIVE: Inside the Supreme Court's internal deliberations over Trump's taxesEXCLUSIVE: Inside the Supreme Court's internal deliberations over Trump's taxesEXCLUSIVE: Inside the Supreme Court's internal deliberations over Trump's taxes Read MoreGinsburg made a choice. Instead of turning the public’s attention to her precarious health, she focused on the battle for her legacy. At key moments as her health challenges intersected with the court’s work, she dove in to fight for issues that have defined her career in areas such as abortion, voting rights, the death penalty and women’s preventive health. Liberals were surprised and relieved to find themselves on the winning side of some critical cases that conventional wisdom predicted would be losses. The wins came as Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the left side of the bench. But arguably, Ginsburg’s experience and seniority helped shape the reasoning from the bench and behind closed doors in a way that a younger, less experienced justice may not have. At the same time, even some of biggest “Notorious R.B.G.” fans were frustrated when she did not retire during the previous Democratic administration. “There were those who were disappointed she didn’t step down so that President Obama could fill her seat with a progressive jurist likely to serve for several more decades,” said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center. “But Ginsburg is a fighter, and knows she can do her job on the court as no one else can at this moment.”The latest diagnosis represents Ginsburg’s fifth bout of cancer, and as CNN’s Joan Biskupic reported, some, but not all of the justices were aware of the diagnoses last term. EXCLUSIVE: Anger, leaks and tensions at the Supreme Court during the LGBTQ rights caseEXCLUSIVE: Anger, leaks and tensions at the Supreme Court during the LGBTQ rights caseEXCLUSIVE: Anger, leaks and tensions at the Supreme Court during the LGBTQ rights caseSince 1999, she has battled the disease in the colon, lung, pancreas and the liver. Last August, just before the term began, she announced, for example, that she had completed a three-week course of radiation therapy to treat pancreatic cancer. Although she did cancel her annual summer visit to Santa Fe, she embarked on a speaking tour of sorts. At one event sponsored by the Library of Congress last August, she revealed that during her bouts with cancer she has often turned to work to distract from her health. “I love my job,” she said. “It’s kept me going through four cancer bouts.””Instead of concentrating on my aches and pains, I just know that I have to read this set of briefs, go over the draft opinion,” she said. Abortion case argumentsOn the bench, after her cancer diagnosis, Ginsburg was her usual self.For more than an hour during oral arguments on March 4, Ginsburg attacked a Louisiana abortion law that required doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Lawyers for the state and the Trump administration urged the justices to allow the law saying it was necessary to protect public safety. Doctors and clinics argued that it would close all the clinics in the state except for one. Ginsburg repeatedly pressed her perspective, dissecting each point brought up by supporters of the law. She noted that most abortions “don’t have any complications” and she said that if a complication were to occur it would happen once the woman returned home, perhaps nowhere near the clinic. She all but said that the law was medically unnecessary. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dominates in abortion caseJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dominates in abortion caseJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dominates in abortion case There was a reason she was zeroing in on that point. Just four years prior she had voted to strike down an identical law out of Texas. Back then Justice Anthony Kennedy was still on the bench and he sided with the liberals in a 5-3 decision to deliver a victory for supporters of abortion rights. Like many, Ginsburg probably wondered if Roberts would be uncomfortable with the court radically changing its position just because the court’s composition had changed. Ultimately, Roberts cast his vote with the liberals to strike down the law. He based his decision on how the court had ruled in 2016 in the Texas case. “The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons,” Roberts said. Ginsburg’s side had pulled off an unexpected victory. Voting rights and Covid-19By April 6, the Supreme Court was faced with an emergency petition concerning voting rights in Wisconsin as the pandemic raced across the country. At issue was a lower court order that extended the deadline for absentee ballots to allow them to be postmarked after elections on April 7. The court split bitterly 5-4 on the issue. In an unsigned order, the majority held in part that when the lower court extended the date by which ballots could be cast, it altered election rules too close to the election. Obama presses for voting rights in pointed eulogy honoring John LewisObama presses for voting rights in pointed eulogy honoring John LewisObama presses for voting rights in pointed eulogy honoring John LewisGinsburg unleashed her fury in a dissent joined by the other liberals on the court, echoing a voting rights dissent she penned in 2013. In that 5-4 case, Shelby County v. Holder, the court gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. Ginsburg furiously wrote in dissent that doing away with that section of the law was “like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.” This time, she noted that Covid-19 had become a public health crisis and gathering at polling places posed “dire health risks.” She said that she didn’t doubt the “good faith” of her colleagues, but that the court’s order would result in “massive disenfranchisement.” “The Court’s suggestion that the current situation is not ‘substantially different’ from ‘an ordinary election’ boggles the mind,” she said.Obamacare contraceptive mandateMuch had changed by May. Covid-19 had closed the courthouse doors to the public and the court was hearing unprecedented arguments over the telephone — broadcast live to the public for the first time ever. On May 4 Ginsburg participated in oral arguments in a patent case and then traveled to a local hospital for outpatient tests that confirmed she was suffering from a gall bladder infection. The next day she participated in arguments again, but by that afternoon she was admitted to a Baltimore hospital to undergo treatment for what the court called a “benign gallbladder condition.” There was no mention of cancer. Supreme Court says Trump can weaken Obamacare contraceptive mandateSupreme Court says Trump can weaken Obamacare contraceptive mandateSupreme Court says Trump can weaken Obamacare contraceptive mandateBut the hospital visit did not stop her from participating in oral arguments the next day from her hospital bed.The court was hearing one of most important cases of the term: Trump’s attempt to broaden exemptions to Obamacare’s controversial contraceptive mandate that requires employer provided health insurance plans to cover birth control as a preventive service. Critics said Trump was attempting to weaken the mandate by offering exemptions to more people who had religious and moral objections. To be sure, Ginsburg’s voice from the hospital room sounded weak. But she pressed hard on the issue. “This leaves the women to hunt for other government programs that might cover them,” she told Solicitor General Noel Francisco. “You have just tossed entirely to the wind what Congress thought was essential, that is that women be provided these services with no hassles, not cost to them,” Ginsburg added. When the court ultimately ruled in favor of Trump, Ginsburg, joined by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, dissented. “Today, for the first time, the Court casts totally aside countervailing rights and interests in its zeal to secure religious rights to the nth degree,” she wrote. She noted that by the government’s own numbers “between 70,500 and 126,400 women would immediately lose access to no-cost contraceptive services.” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen in Washington in 2013. She is the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court.Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen in Washington in 2013. She is the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen in Washington in 2013. She is the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court.Hide Caption 1 of 51Ginsburg was born Joan Ruth Bader on March 15, 1933. Here she is at 2 years old.Ginsburg was born Joan Ruth Bader on March 15, 1933. Here she is at 2 years old. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg was born Joan Ruth Bader on March 15, 1933. Here she is at 2 years old.Hide Caption 2 of 51A photo of Ginsburg from her high school yearbook.A photo of Ginsburg from her high school yearbook. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg A photo of Ginsburg from her high school yearbook.Hide Caption 3 of 51Ginsburg, 13, sits immediately to the left of Rabbi Harry Halpern at the East Midwood Jewish Center, a synagogue in Brooklyn, New York, in 1946.Ginsburg, 13, sits immediately to the left of Rabbi Harry Halpern at the East Midwood Jewish Center, a synagogue in Brooklyn, New York, in 1946. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg, 13, sits immediately to the left of Rabbi Harry Halpern at the East Midwood Jewish Center, a synagogue in Brooklyn, New York, in 1946.Hide Caption 4 of 51Ginsburg and her cousin Richard ski at a lodge in the Adirondacks circa 1946.Ginsburg and her cousin Richard ski at a lodge in the Adirondacks circa 1946. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg and her cousin Richard ski at a lodge in the Adirondacks circa 1946.Hide Caption 5 of 51Ginsburg is the maid of honor at a cousin's wedding in 1951.Ginsburg is the maid of honor at a cousin's wedding in 1951. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg is the maid of honor at a cousin’s wedding in 1951.Hide Caption 6 of 51Ginsburg met her husband, Martin,<strong> </strong>while attending Cornell University, and both went on to study law. The couple were engaged in December 1953.Ginsburg met her husband, Martin,<strong> </strong>while attending Cornell University, and both went on to study law. The couple were engaged in December 1953. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg met her husband, Martin, while attending Cornell University, and both went on to study law. The couple were engaged in December 1953.Hide Caption 7 of 51Ginsburg and her husband married in June 1954. She was 21 at the time.Ginsburg and her husband married in June 1954. She was 21 at the time. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg and her husband married in June 1954. She was 21 at the time.Hide Caption 8 of 51The couple went on to have two children: Jane, born in 1955, and James, born in 1965.The couple went on to have two children: Jane, born in 1955, and James, born in 1965. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg The couple went on to have two children: Jane, born in 1955, and James, born in 1965.Hide Caption 9 of 51A portrait of Ginsburg from 1977. At the time, she was a professor at the Columbia University School of Law. She was also a general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union.A portrait of Ginsburg from 1977. At the time, she was a professor at the Columbia University School of Law. She was also a general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg A portrait of Ginsburg from 1977. At the time, she was a professor at the Columbia University School of Law. She was also a general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union.Hide Caption 10 of 51Ginsburg is joined by family members on the steps of the US Supreme Court after arguing a case there in November 1978. With Ginsburg, from left, are her brother-in-law Ed Stiepleman; her nephew David Stiepleman; and her son, James.Ginsburg is joined by family members on the steps of the US Supreme Court after arguing a case there in November 1978. With Ginsburg, from left, are her brother-in-law Ed Stiepleman; her nephew David Stiepleman; and her son, James. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg is joined by family members on the steps of the US Supreme Court after arguing a case there in November 1978. With Ginsburg, from left, are her brother-in-law Ed Stiepleman; her nephew David Stiepleman; and her son, James.Hide Caption 11 of 51Ginsburg was the first woman to be hired with tenure at the Columbia University School of Law. She also taught at the Rutgers University School of Law.Ginsburg was the first woman to be hired with tenure at the Columbia University School of Law. She also taught at the Rutgers University School of Law. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg was the first woman to be hired with tenure at the Columbia University School of Law. She also taught at the Rutgers University School of Law.Hide Caption 12 of 51Ginsburg, her husband and their two children -- James and Jane -- pose for a photo off the shore of St. Thomas in 1979.Ginsburg, her husband and their two children -- James and Jane -- pose for a photo off the shore of St. Thomas in 1979. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg, her husband and their two children — James and Jane — pose for a photo off the shore of St. Thomas in 1979.Hide Caption 13 of 51In 1980, US President Jimmy Carter nominated Ginsburg to be a judge for the US Court of Appeals' District of Columbia Circuit.In 1980, US President Jimmy Carter nominated Ginsburg to be a judge for the US Court of Appeals' District of Columbia Circuit. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg In 1980, US President Jimmy Carter nominated Ginsburg to be a judge for the US Court of Appeals’ District of Columbia Circuit.Hide Caption 14 of 51Ginsburg in her chambers at the US Courthouse in Washington.Ginsburg in her chambers at the US Courthouse in Washington. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg in her chambers at the US Courthouse in Washington.Hide Caption 15 of 51Ginsburg, her husband and their children vacation in Egypt in 1985.Ginsburg, her husband and their children vacation in Egypt in 1985. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg, her husband and their children vacation in Egypt in 1985.Hide Caption 16 of 51Ginsburg and her husband take a bus to Paris circa 1988.Ginsburg and her husband take a bus to Paris circa 1988. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg and her husband take a bus to Paris circa 1988.Hide Caption 17 of 51Ginsburg reads to a group of children at the 10th anniversary of the TV show "Reading Rainbow" in 1993.Ginsburg reads to a group of children at the 10th anniversary of the TV show "Reading Rainbow" in 1993. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg reads to a group of children at the 10th anniversary of the TV show “Reading Rainbow” in 1993.Hide Caption 18 of 51President Bill Clinton nominated Ginsburg to the US Supreme Court in June 1993. Here, Ginsburg is holding a photograph of Hillary Clinton singing "the toothbrush song" with Ginsburg's granddaughter Clara and her nursery school class. President Bill Clinton nominated Ginsburg to the US Supreme Court in June 1993. Here, Ginsburg is holding a photograph of Hillary Clinton singing "the toothbrush song" with Ginsburg's granddaughter Clara and her nursery school class. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg President Bill Clinton nominated Ginsburg to the US Supreme Court in June 1993. Here, Ginsburg is holding a photograph of Hillary Clinton singing “the toothbrush song” with Ginsburg’s granddaughter Clara and her nursery school class. Hide Caption 19 of 51Ginsburg talks with a reporter after being nominated for the Supreme Court in 1993. On the far right is US Sen. Joe Biden. US Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan is wearing the bowtie.Ginsburg talks with a reporter after being nominated for the Supreme Court in 1993. On the far right is US Sen. Joe Biden. US Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan is wearing the bowtie. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg talks with a reporter after being nominated for the Supreme Court in 1993. On the far right is US Sen. Joe Biden. US Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan is wearing the bowtie.Hide Caption 20 of 51Ginsburg is greeted by her husband during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.Ginsburg is greeted by her husband during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg is greeted by her husband during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.Hide Caption 21 of 51During her confirmation hearing, Ginsburg holds up a book titled "My Grandma is Very Special." It was written by Paul Spera, her grandson.During her confirmation hearing, Ginsburg holds up a book titled "My Grandma is Very Special." It was written by Paul Spera, her grandson. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg During her confirmation hearing, Ginsburg holds up a book titled “My Grandma is Very Special.” It was written by Paul Spera, her grandson.Hide Caption 22 of 51Ginsburg takes the Supreme Court oath from Chief Justice William Rehnquist, right, in August 1993. Joining them were Clinton and Martin Ginsburg.Ginsburg takes the Supreme Court oath from Chief Justice William Rehnquist, right, in August 1993. Joining them were Clinton and Martin Ginsburg. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg takes the Supreme Court oath from Chief Justice William Rehnquist, right, in August 1993. Joining them were Clinton and Martin Ginsburg.Hide Caption 23 of 51Ginsburg poses with family members at the Supreme Court in October 1993. With Ginsburg, from left, are her son-in-law, George Spera; her daughter, Jane; her granddaughter Clara Spera; her husband, Martin; her son, James; and her grandson Paul Spera.Ginsburg poses with family members at the Supreme Court in October 1993. With Ginsburg, from left, are her son-in-law, George Spera; her daughter, Jane; her granddaughter Clara Spera; her husband, Martin; her son, James; and her grandson Paul Spera. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg poses with family members at the Supreme Court in October 1993. With Ginsburg, from left, are her son-in-law, George Spera; her daughter, Jane; her granddaughter Clara Spera; her husband, Martin; her son, James; and her grandson Paul Spera.Hide Caption 24 of 51Ginsburg and her husband embrace while attending an event. The two were married for nearly 60 years. Martin Ginsburg died in 2010.Ginsburg and her husband embrace while attending an event. The two were married for nearly 60 years. Martin Ginsburg died in 2010. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg and her husband embrace while attending an event. The two were married for nearly 60 years. Martin Ginsburg died in 2010.Hide Caption 25 of 51This informal group photo was taken of the US Supreme Court in December 1993. From left are Clarence Thomas, John Paul Stevens, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Sandra Day O'Connor, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, Ginsburg and Harry Blackmun.This informal group photo was taken of the US Supreme Court in December 1993. From left are Clarence Thomas, John Paul Stevens, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Sandra Day O'Connor, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, Ginsburg and Harry Blackmun. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg This informal group photo was taken of the US Supreme Court in December 1993. From left are Clarence Thomas, John Paul Stevens, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Sandra Day O’Connor, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, Ginsburg and Harry Blackmun.Hide Caption 26 of 51Scalia and Ginsburg pose on an elephant during their tour of India in 1994. Scalia once said they were an "odd couple" and he counted her as his "best buddy" on the bench.Scalia and Ginsburg pose on an elephant during their tour of India in 1994. Scalia once said they were an "odd couple" and he counted her as his "best buddy" on the bench. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scalia and Ginsburg pose on an elephant during their tour of India in 1994. Scalia once said they were an “odd couple” and he counted her as his “best buddy” on the bench.Hide Caption 27 of 51Ginsburg, second from left, and Scalia, second from right, appeared in the opening-night production of "Ariadne auf Naxos," an opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington in 1994.Ginsburg, second from left, and Scalia, second from right, appeared in the opening-night production of "Ariadne auf Naxos," an opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington in 1994. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg, second from left, and Scalia, second from right, appeared in the opening-night production of “Ariadne auf Naxos,” an opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington in 1994.Hide Caption 28 of 51Ginsburg and fellow Justice Sandra Day O'Connor hold basketballs given to them by the US women's basketball team in December 1995.Ginsburg and fellow Justice Sandra Day O'Connor hold basketballs given to them by the US women's basketball team in December 1995. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg and fellow Justice Sandra Day O’Connor hold basketballs given to them by the US women’s basketball team in December 1995.Hide Caption 29 of 51Ginsburg, front right, poses with other prominent Jewish-Americans while standing in a maze on New York's Ellis Island in 1996. It was part of a project by photographer Frederic Brenner. Also in the front row, from left, are artist Roy Lichtenstein, actress Lauren Bacall, violinist Itzhak Perlman and playwright Arthur Miller.Ginsburg, front right, poses with other prominent Jewish-Americans while standing in a maze on New York's Ellis Island in 1996. It was part of a project by photographer Frederic Brenner. Also in the front row, from left, are artist Roy Lichtenstein, actress Lauren Bacall, violinist Itzhak Perlman and playwright Arthur Miller. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg, front right, poses with other prominent Jewish-Americans while standing in a maze on New York’s Ellis Island in 1996. It was part of a project by photographer Frederic Brenner. Also in the front row, from left, are artist Roy Lichtenstein, actress Lauren Bacall, violinist Itzhak Perlman and playwright Arthur Miller.Hide Caption 30 of 51Ginsburg sits in her Supreme Court chambers in 2002.Ginsburg sits in her Supreme Court chambers in 2002. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg sits in her Supreme Court chambers in 2002.Hide Caption 31 of 51Ginsburg makes her way through a crowd after an address at an ACLU conference in June 2003.Ginsburg makes her way through a crowd after an address at an ACLU conference in June 2003. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg makes her way through a crowd after an address at an ACLU conference in June 2003.Hide Caption 32 of 51Ginsburg and her husband laugh as they listen to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer speak at Columbia Law School in September 2003.Ginsburg and her husband laugh as they listen to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer speak at Columbia Law School in September 2003. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg and her husband laugh as they listen to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer speak at Columbia Law School in September 2003.Hide Caption 33 of 51 Justice Ginsburg with President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice at the Department of State on January 28, 2005, the day Justice Ginsburg swore Rice in as Secretary of State.  Justice Ginsburg with President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice at the Department of State on January 28, 2005, the day Justice Ginsburg swore Rice in as Secretary of State. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Justice Ginsburg with President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice at the Department of State on January 28, 2005, the day Justice Ginsburg swore Rice in as Secretary of State. Hide Caption 34 of 51From left, Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer, John Roberts, Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy pose for a photo before meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris in July 2007.From left, Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer, John Roberts, Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy pose for a photo before meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris in July 2007. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg From left, Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer, John Roberts, Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy pose for a photo before meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris in July 2007.Hide Caption 35 of 51Ginsburg wears a "Super Diva" sweatshirt as she works out at the Supreme Court in August 2007. Ginsburg wears a "Super Diva" sweatshirt as she works out at the Supreme Court in August 2007. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg wears a “Super Diva” sweatshirt as she works out at the Supreme Court in August 2007. Hide Caption 36 of 51Ginsburg talks with filmmaker David Grubin about his PBS series "The Jewish Americans" in 2008.Ginsburg talks with filmmaker David Grubin about his PBS series "The Jewish Americans" in 2008. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg talks with filmmaker David Grubin about his PBS series “The Jewish Americans” in 2008.Hide Caption 37 of 51Ginsburg arrives to a joint session of Congress where President Barack Obama was speaking in 2009. That month, Ginsburg had surgery and treatment for early stages of pancreatic cancer. A decade before, she had successful surgery for colon cancer.Ginsburg arrives to a joint session of Congress where President Barack Obama was speaking in 2009. That month, Ginsburg had surgery and treatment for early stages of pancreatic cancer. A decade before, she had successful surgery for colon cancer. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg arrives to a joint session of Congress where President Barack Obama was speaking in 2009. That month, Ginsburg had surgery and treatment for early stages of pancreatic cancer. A decade before, she had successful surgery for colon cancer.Hide Caption 38 of 51The only women who have become Supreme Court justices pose together in 2010. From left are Sandra Day O'Connor, Sonia Sotomayor, Ginsburg and Elena Kagan.The only women who have become Supreme Court justices pose together in 2010. From left are Sandra Day O'Connor, Sonia Sotomayor, Ginsburg and Elena Kagan. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg The only women who have become Supreme Court justices pose together in 2010. From left are Sandra Day O’Connor, Sonia Sotomayor, Ginsburg and Elena Kagan.Hide Caption 39 of 51While standing to receive an honorary degree from Harvard University, Ginsburg was surprised with a serenade from Spanish tenor Placido Domingo in 2011. Domingo also received an honorary degree.While standing to receive an honorary degree from Harvard University, Ginsburg was surprised with a serenade from Spanish tenor Placido Domingo in 2011. Domingo also received an honorary degree. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg While standing to receive an honorary degree from Harvard University, Ginsburg was surprised with a serenade from Spanish tenor Placido Domingo in 2011. Domingo also received an honorary degree.Hide Caption 40 of 51Ginsburg visits with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department in Washington in 2012.Ginsburg visits with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department in Washington in 2012. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg visits with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department in Washington in 2012.Hide Caption 41 of 51Ginsburg, with an extra from "Carmen," attends the opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington in 2015.Ginsburg, with an extra from "Carmen," attends the opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington in 2015. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg, with an extra from “Carmen,” attends the opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington in 2015.Hide Caption 42 of 51Ginsburg acknowledges applause before a speaking event in Chicago in September 2017.Ginsburg acknowledges applause before a speaking event in Chicago in September 2017. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg acknowledges applause before a speaking event in Chicago in September 2017.Hide Caption 43 of 51Ginsburg arrives to speak at New York University's law school in February 2018.Ginsburg arrives to speak at New York University's law school in February 2018. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg arrives to speak at New York University’s law school in February 2018.Hide Caption 44 of 51Ginsburg gives a keynote address at Columbia University in February 2018.Ginsburg gives a keynote address at Columbia University in February 2018. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg gives a keynote address at Columbia University in February 2018.Hide Caption 45 of 51Ginsburg and other Supreme Court justices attend the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House in November 2018.Ginsburg and other Supreme Court justices attend the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House in November 2018. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg and other Supreme Court justices attend the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House in November 2018.Hide Caption 46 of 51The US Supreme Court, with newest member Brett Kavanaugh, poses for an official portrait in Washington in November 2018. In the back row, from left, are Neil Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Kavanaugh. In the front row, from left, are Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Ginsburg and Samuel Alito.The US Supreme Court, with newest member Brett Kavanaugh, poses for an official portrait in Washington in November 2018. In the back row, from left, are Neil Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Kavanaugh. In the front row, from left, are Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Ginsburg and Samuel Alito. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg The US Supreme Court, with newest member Brett Kavanaugh, poses for an official portrait in Washington in November 2018. In the back row, from left, are Neil Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Kavanaugh. In the front row, from left, are Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Ginsburg and Samuel Alito.Hide Caption 47 of 51Ginsburg leaves a private ceremony at the Great Hall of the Supreme Court, where former Justice John Paul Stevens was lying in repose in July 2019.Ginsburg leaves a private ceremony at the Great Hall of the Supreme Court, where former Justice John Paul Stevens was lying in repose in July 2019. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg leaves a private ceremony at the Great Hall of the Supreme Court, where former Justice John Paul Stevens was lying in repose in July 2019.Hide Caption 48 of 51Ginsburg makes her first public appearance since it was announced in August 2019 that she had undergone recent treatment for pancreatic cancer.  While accepting an honorary degree from the University at Buffalo, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/26/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-health/index.html" target="_blank">she made remarks</a> and briefly referenced her health.Ginsburg makes her first public appearance since it was announced in August 2019 that she had undergone recent treatment for pancreatic cancer.  While accepting an honorary degree from the University at Buffalo, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/26/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-health/index.html" target="_blank">she made remarks</a> and briefly referenced her health. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg makes her first public appearance since it was announced in August 2019 that she had undergone recent treatment for pancreatic cancer. While accepting an honorary degree from the University at Buffalo, she made remarks and briefly referenced her health.Hide Caption 49 of 51In December 2019, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/17/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-donald-trump-lawyer-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">Ginsburg was awarded the Berggruen Institute Prize for Philosophy and Culture.</a> She planned to donate the $1 million prize to a number of organizations that promote opportunities for women.In December 2019, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/17/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-donald-trump-lawyer-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">Ginsburg was awarded the Berggruen Institute Prize for Philosophy and Culture.</a> She planned to donate the $1 million prize to a number of organizations that promote opportunities for women. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg In December 2019, Ginsburg was awarded the Berggruen Institute Prize for Philosophy and Culture. She planned to donate the $1 million prize to a number of organizations that promote opportunities for women.Hide Caption 50 of 51Ginsburg participates in a discussion about the 19th Amendment at the Georgetown University Law Center in February 2020. The 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote.Ginsburg participates in a discussion about the 19th Amendment at the Georgetown University Law Center in February 2020. The 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote. Photos: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ginsburg participates in a discussion about the 19th Amendment at the Georgetown University Law Center in February 2020. The 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote.Hide Caption 51 of 5101 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 02 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 03 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 04 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 05 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 08 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 07 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 09 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 06 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 12 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 13 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 11 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 14 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 10 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 16 ALT  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 17 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 18 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 27 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED21 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 20 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 23 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 28 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 25 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 26 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 22 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 19 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 15 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 31 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 32 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 33 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 34 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 33 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg35 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 37 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 39 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 38 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 40 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 41 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 42 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg 43 ALT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 44 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 47 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg RESTRICTED 49 justice ruth bader ginsberg ruth bader ginsburg 0205 RESTRICTEDruth bader ginsburg 2018 columbia university RESTRICTEDruth bader ginsburg 11161802 SCOTUS class picture 2018ruth bader ginsburg 072202 RBG Buffalo 0826ruth bader ginsburg dec 2019 ruth bader ginsburg fevb 2020 An endless termEven after the court’s 2019-20 term wrapped up, the justices were still battling over emergency petitions related to the federal government’s decision to reinstate the death penalty after 17 years. At 2:10 a.m. on July 14, the court issued a 5-4 order that cleared the way for the execution of federal inmate Daniel Lewis Lee. Ginsburg voted in dissent. Like Breyer, Ginsburg believes the court should take a big step and revisit the constitutionality of the death penalty which she thinks is applied arbitrarily. Hours later, the court’s public information officer released a statement saying that Ginsburg had been admitted to the hospital in Baltimore for treatment of a “possible infection.” It hadn’t stopped her from voting in the case. By the time the court gavelled out in July, Ginsburg finally told the public that she was on a new bi-weekly chemotherapy regime to keep her cancer at bay. In her statement, she put to paper what she has said at various speaking engagements: she would do the job as long as she could do it full steam. “I remain fully able to do that,” she said.

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