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People For the American Way Statement on the Passing of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor  

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Washington D.C. – Following the news that retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has died, People For the American Way President Svante Myrick released the following statement:

“Justice O’Connor was a generational trailblazer who opened doors as the first woman on the United States Supreme Court. People For the American Way respects Justice O’Connor for a legacy that includes supportive votes for reproductive and LGBTQ rights in an earlier era. While we did not always agree with Justice O’Connor’s rulings, we are also acutely aware of the sobering truth that she represented a rapidly shrinking constituency, the moderate Republicans who have been nearly obliterated by MAGA extremism. Regrettably, Justice O’Connor was succeeded on the Court by Samuel Alito. This changed the balance of the Court and created a hard-right majority that has been stripping Americans of their rights and freedoms. Our thoughts are with Justice O’Connor’s family and we wish them peace and the comfort of her memory. She was and will remain an icon.”


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