Former SCOTUS Chief Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has died. My feelings on her decisions are mixed.
- She allowed race to be considered in college admissions, thereby giving the SCOTUS stamp of approval on affirmative action in education. Grutter v. Bollinger
- Still, I am a nurse thanks to her swing vote in Mississippi University for Women v. Hogan, where she ruled that nursing schools had to permit men to apply.
- In Lawrence v. Texas, she said that laws against sodomy were an unconstitutional intrusion into people’s bedrooms, but that marriage should be limited to heterosexual couples “to preserve the traditional institution of marriage.”
- She cast decisions approving partial birth abortion, which is nothing but murder in my opinion. Stenberg v. Carhart
- She cast the deciding vote on the Bush v. Gore case in 2000. She later admitted to regretting it.
As I said, mixed.