Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized after fracturing three ribs

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs after falling in her Supreme Court office Wednesday night, the Supreme Court said in a statement.

The 85-year-old justice went to George Washington University Hospital in Washington after experiencing discomfort overnight.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives at a lecture on September 26 at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Ginsburg has been hospitalized after falling and fracturing several ribs. She is still in the hospital for "observation and treatment".

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks after receiving the American Law Institute's Henry J. Friendly Medal in Washington, DC, on May 14, 2018. Updates will be provided as they become available.

Ginsburg is the court's oldest member and there's been a great deal of speculation on when she may retire.

In her absence, the court was going ahead Thursday with a courtroom ceremony welcoming new Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who joined the court last month.

Asked previous year if she was contemplating retirement, she said, "As long as I can do the job full steam, I will do it". She was the second woman to ever be confirmed to the Supreme Court, after retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

During a speaking appearance in NY in July, Ginsburg said she expected to serve on the court for at least five more years. "When I can't do the job full-steam".