Washington, May 6: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participated in Wednesday’s US Supreme Court’s teleconferencing hearing from a Baltimore hospital, where she is recovering from a benign gallbladder condition.

The 87-year-old US judge on Tuesday afternoon underwent nonsurgical treatment for a benign gallbladder condition and “resting comfortably” in the hospital, the court said Tuesday night, as reported by CNN. Wednesday’s arguments were the third time the justices, due to the coronavirus, heard oral arguments by telephone.

The phone connection was glitchy as Ginsburg began her questioning, and her voice sounded weaker than normal at times. But she hit her stride later in the argument asking questions that sometimes were more like comments, CNN reported.

The case concerns the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employer-provided health insurance plans cover birth control as a preventive service and pits supporters of the Obamacare provision against those who say it violates their religious and moral beliefs.

The liberal justice repeatedly pressed on the notion that women would lose their coverage even if they didn’t share the employers’ religious beliefs.

The court said Tuesday that Ginsburg expects to stay in the hospital for a “day or two.”


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