In a far-ranging interview with journalist Dan Abrams, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made a surprising disclosure about her physical health.
At a Wednesday speaking engagement at the Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center in New York, The Cut’s Claire Landsbaum wrote, journalist Dan Abrams asked Ginsberg about her workout routine.
Ginsberg replied that she does 20 push-ups per workout — “I do 10, and then I breathe, and then I do 10 more,” she said — and can hold a plank for 30 seconds.
“(L)et’s be honest,” said Landsbaum, 30 seconds “is probably longer than you can hold a plank.”
At other points in the interview, Ginsburg — who survived pancreatic cancer in 2009 — discussed her unflinching support of women’s reproductive rights.
She ripped Texas’ legislative efforts to outlaw abortion, closing clinics across the state.
“In Texas, there were two kinds of efforts [to block abortion access],” she said. “One was that a clinic that offered abortions had to meet all the standards of an ambulatory surgical center. The other was that the doctor had to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility. These restrictions that were ostensibly to protect women’s health were revealed as a sham. Whole Women’s Health made it very clear that poor women were no longer going to be left out.”
When asked about her possible retirement, the jurist said, “At my age, you have to take it year by year. I know this year I’m okay.”