Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor with Dementia

Sandra O'Connor, the first woman elected to the Supreme Court announced her withdrawal from public life because of senile dementia.

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who was the first woman to sit on the US Law Temple, announced Tuesday, at age 88, her withdrawal from public life due to the onset of senile dementia.

“Some time ago, doctors diagnosed the onset of dementia, probably due to Alzheimer’s disease. As the disease has progressed, I am no longer able to participate in public life, “she wrote in a letter to her fellow citizens, forwarded to AFP by the Supreme Court.

Sandra Day O’Connor, named in the highest US court by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1981, resigned in 2005 to care for her husband, who also suffered from Alzheimer’s.

This conservative moderate had played a pivotal role, voting sometimes with the Conservatives – especially in 2000, when the Supreme Court validated the election of George W. Bush in the presidential election – or with the progressives, defending the right to freedom. abortion for example.

Since 2005, she has been dedicated to advancing civic education through online games and school programs created by her organization iCivics.”This question is important to me because I saw how important it is for citizens to understand the Constitution and our system of government to get involved in their community,” she explains in her letter.

“Because of my health, I can not take care of this cause anymore,” she says, hoping that the federal government and others will seize it and fund a national initiative to support the cause.

“I will continue to live in Phoenix, Arizona, surrounded by friends and family,” she wrote again, preparing to experience “trying times.”

Sandra Day O’Connor says she is thrilled with his career. “As a young cowgirl from the Arizona desert, I never imagined that one day I will become the first woman judge in the United States Supreme Court. ”

Currently, three of the nine Supreme Court judges are women: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Sandra O’Connor, appointed to the highest US court by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1981, resigned in 2005 to care for her husband, who also suffered from Alzheimer’s.

This conservative moderate had played a pivotal role, voting sometimes with the Conservatives – especially in 2000, when the Supreme Court validated the election of George W. Bush in the presidential election – or with the progressives, defending the right to freedom. abortion for example.