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Santorum Still Wants to Outlaw Contraception

Santorum Still Wants to Outlaw Contraception January 6, 2012

Rick Santorum was interviewed by ABC’s Jake Tapper this week and he repeated his claim that the states should be allowed to outlaw the use of contraception, which the Supreme Court threw out in 1965.

I pointed out that Democrats say that one of the reasons Santorum lost in 2006 was because they say he’s more conservative than mainstream America. One issue was Santorum’s opposition to the Supreme Court’s 1965 ruling that invalidated a Connecticut law banning contraception. Santorum said he still feels that a state should be able to make such laws.

“The state has a right to do that, I have never questioned that the state has a right to do that. It is not a constitutional right, the state has the right to pass whatever statues they have. That is the thing I have said about the activism of the Supreme Court, they are creating rights, and they should be left up to the people to decide,” he said.

“You shouldn’t create constitutional rights when states do dumb things,” Santorum said. “Let the people decide if the states are doing dumb things get rid of the legislature and replace them as opposed to creating constitutional laws that have consequences that were before them.”

If consenting adults do not have the right to decide themselves whether to use contraception or not — if the government has the authority to restrict even such a personal decision made in their most intimate relationships, a decision that affects no one else — then the whole idea of individual rights and limited government is rendered meaningless.


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