In light of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s withdraw from public life, Catherine Glenn Foster, President & CEO of Americans United for Life, reflects on her life and legacy:

In her open letter this week to the American people, Sandra Day O’Connor, Retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, announced that she is retiring from public life due to an advancing case of dementia. She wrote, “I’ve seen firsthand how vital it is for all citizens to understand our Constitution and unique system of government.”

For the last twelve years since retiring from the Court, she has worked to spread knowledge of the core principles of civics, including by developing an online civics education program aimed at school-aged youth. As the first woman on the United States Supreme Court, her example has inspired many young women to pursue the upper realms of the legal profession.

Americans United for Life extends gratitude and best wishes to her as she enters private life and her next chapter.

Public Letter from Sandra Day O’Connor