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Sandra Day O’Connor: The Story Behind Her Appointment and Decisive Abortion Vote

Steve Petteway, photographer for the Supreme Court of the United States
From left to right: Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (retired), Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Elena Kagan in the justices’ conference room prior to Justice Kagan’s investiture ceremony on Oct. 1, 2010.

COMMENTARY: President Reagan’s close adviser, William Clark, regretted passing on the chance to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, giving way to the first woman justice.