In a New York Times interview with former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the Arizona native promotes her website aimed at middle-schoolers and their teachers.
Conservatives had reason to hope the 1981 Reagan appointee would be a social conservative, but like so many justices, she veered left, disappointing many as she reveled in her role as the “swing vote.”
In his review, Get ‘Em While They’re Young, National Review Online’s Matthew Franck concludes “…Justice O’Connor has a decidedly partial understanding of our founding history. Not surprisingly, she has a view of our constitutional principles that conduces to the power of the institution in which she spent most of her career. The nation’s children deserve a better teacher.”
Quite an indictment, but not without justification. O’Connor’s single vote ensured the survival of Roe v. Wade, but the 50 + million babies for whom that vote spelled disaster were not so fortunate.
The National Abortion Federation (NAF) enthusiastically devotes a page to the O’Connor Legacy.
And in 1998 the American Bar Association Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities heaped praise on the 1973 decision during the then-25-year anniversary of the decision.
The Court held that a woman’s right to an abortion fell within the mysterious Constitutional right to privacy protected by the Fourteenth Amendment.
In a statement issued on his second full day in office, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to abortion on the regrettable 36th anniversary, saying “it stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters. No matter what our views, we are united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the need for abortion, and support women and families in the choices they make.”
Last year, Republican President George W. Bush told March for Life participants that he was “proud to be standing with” them.
O’Connor refused to respond to the question posed by the NYT interviewer, asking whom she supported for President of the United States in the last election.
Wanna hazard a guess?