ACLU Comments on Sandra Day O'Connor's Resignation

The ACLU released the following press release on July 1, 2005:

"The American Civil Liberties Union today expressed great concern that the Bush administration will replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who announced her retirement today after more than two decades on the court, with a nominee whose judicial philosophy is fundamentally opposed to the progress made in protecting individual rights over the past century...

'Justice O'Connor fully earned her reputation as a centrist; she was a conscientious jurist and, in a number of key cases, stood up for individual rights and against a radically conservative vision of the Constitution,' said Steven Shapiro, ACLU Legal Director...

Although her record on the court is mixed on civil liberties, Justice O'Connor has provided the crucial fifth vote in a number of cases implicating core civil liberties.... And in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, she broke with Chief Justice Rehnquist and other opponents of a woman's right to choose as part of a 6-3 majority in affirming Roe v. Wade.

'The nomination battle for O'Connor's replacement comes at a critical moment for civil liberties,' said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. 'The stakes could be as high as they were during the Bork nomination battle of the 1980's.'
July 1, 2005 - ACLU