Rick Santorum: No right to birth control

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If you think the debate over abortion in this country has gone forever, consider the one over birth control. Eight years before Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled that states could not block access to birth control. The court wrote in Griswold vs. Connecticut that birth control was part of marital privacy.

Nearly half a century later, birth control remains a live and disputed issue, especially in Republican politics. On Friday in New Hampshire, Senator Rick Santorum told the kids and families at the Dublin School in New Hampshire:

This was the Griswold vs. Connecticut case which I was asked about, which created a new constitutional right, which in my opinion is judicial activism, just like Roe vs. Wade was judicial activism, just like the Kelo decision was judicial activism, which is a group of people creating rights in the Constitution that don’t exist. We have a way to create new rights. And that way is through the constitutional amendment process. I don’t know how any reasonable person can say that the founders intended a right to an abortion in the Constitution when they wrote it. I mean, it would be beyond fantasy to think that that’s what the writing of that constitutional document meant. So, if the Supreme Court wants to change things, then what they should is, you know, we write papers about it and say we think this is a bad idea, but it’s up to the people to make these decisions, and so with respect to contraception, I think the Griswold decision was wrong. I don’t care whether it was about contraception or anything else. It was just creating a right that didn’t exist.

On the surface, Mr. Santorum sounds like he’s again making a small-government argument – like he’s saying the Supreme Court outgrew its britches on that one. After hearing his answer when Rachel asked him about it after the show on Friday, I’m not sure that’s all of it. More on the show tonight.

Thanks to Mark Dunau and Richard Moran of Don’tSubmit.org for sending the video above.

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Rick Santorum: No right to birth control

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