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Ruth Bader Ginsburg worked through her fifth bout of cancer to help shape a blockbuster Supreme Court term

August 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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

(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.

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.

"But Ginsburg is a fighter, and knows she can do her job on the court as no one else can at this moment. "

Ginsburg unleashed her fury in a dissent joined by the other liberals on the court, echoing a voting rights dissent she penned in 2013.

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. "

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.

When the court ultimately ruled in favor of Trump, Ginsburg, joined by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, dissented.

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.

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.

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