“Ons, the undersigned Princeton women of ’72, have been deeply shocked by the leaked Supreme Court draft authored by our classmate Justice Samuel Alito,” die 28 women wrote in the letter published on Princeton Alumni Weekly. Six others signed the letter as “Friends of the Women of ’72.”
“We are about to celebrate our 50th reunion — half a century since we graduated from Princeton. As a pioneering class of Princeton women, we find it bitter indeed to see the draft Supreme Court opinion reverse the strides we thought we were making, as part of one of the first classes of Princeton women, towards a world of equity and fairness for women of all races and social and economic positions,” hulle het gesê.
The letter also encourages others to protest, skryfwerk, “We ask our classmates, and the community of Princeton, to protest the logic that ties us to a constitutional originalism which resists any movement toward justice but, eerder, moves us backwards.”
“We hang on a precipice, balanced between the draft opinion and the final Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade,” the women said. “The right to manage one’s own health and most intimate personal and family decisions without outside interference is at risk right now and should be preserved to ensure social justice for ourselves, for our classmates, and for the world Princeton purports to serve.”
CNN has reached out the Supreme Court and Princeton for comment.
Squier told Berman putting the letter together was a “very fast decision” and that they felt the urge to speak out for other women who would be most impacted if the landmark ruling is overturned.
“It is not that we’re doing this because we hope it will change things. Ek weet nie. Wouldn’t that be lovely? Ek weet nie, kan wees. I’m not that naive, but there is a time when you just have to speak out,” sy het gese. “And those of us who went to Princeton have a privilege of having gone there, we can get listened to. So, we have to speak for the women who cannot get listened to, the women who are going to be massively impacted — I hate that word — by this horrible new decision.”