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Earlier today (July 1), Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced she'll retire. KSMU's Missy Shelton has reaction to the news from local activists.
Earlier today, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement.
She was considered by many to be a swing vote on contentious issues like abortion.
Local activists on both sides of the abortion debate reacted to the news of her retirement.
Dave Plemmons is the Greene County Chairman of Missouri Right to Life, a group that opposes abortion.
As President Bush moves forward with a nominee who must go before the senate for confirmation, Plemmons says he and others who oppose abortion will be contacting Missouri's two senators Republicans Jim Talent and Kit Bond.
Activists on the other side of the abortion issue say they plan to do the same.
Only they'll have a very different message.
Kelly Freeman Rohrbaugh is the Public Affairs Coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Southwest Missouri.
Rohrbaugh says pro-choice supporters plan to hold a demonstration during rush hour by standing together along the street at the corner of National and Bennett in Springfield.
Senator Jim Talent released a statement today indicating he likely will vote to confirm the president's choice to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.