Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor says she regrets that some of her decisions “are being dismantled” by the current Supreme Court, reports USA Today. O’Connor, appearing on a panel at a Virginia law school, was asked how she felt about the fact that the current court had undone some of her rulings. The nation’s first woman justice responded, “What would you feel? I’d be a little bit disappointed. If you think you’ve been helpful, and then it’s dismantled, you think, ‘Oh, dear.’ But life goes on. It’s not always positive.”
O’Connor, appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1981, was a moderate conservative who often brokered compromises among justices and across ideological lines. Since she retired in 2006, the court has become more conservative and retreated from some rulings in which she crafted consensus, including on abortion rights, campaign finance and government race-based policies.