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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Santorum claims there is no right to privacy.

From Political Forecast:

WTF Moment of the Day
July 26th, 2005

Last night on Aaron Brown, Rick Santorum that that Griswold v. Connecticut was decided wrong. This is the same decision that essentially made contraceptives legal across the United States.

Crooks and Liars has the video. And Jesus’s General has a new campaign which I’m on board with.
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For us non-legal-beagles, from the cite above, here is what Oyez says about the case in question:

Facts of the Case
Griswold was the Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut. Both she and the Medical Director for the League gave information, instruction, and other medical advice to married couples concerning birth control. Griswold and her colleague were convicted under a Connecticut law which criminalized the provision of counselling, and other medical treatment, to married persons for purposes of preventing conception.

Question Presented
Does the Constitution protect the right of marital privacy against state restrictions on a couple's ability to be counseled in the use of contraceptives?

Conclusion
Though the Constitution does not explicitly protect a general right to privacy, the various guarantees within the Bill of Rights create penumbras, or zones, that establish a right to privacy. Together, the First, Third, Fourth, and Ninth Amendments, create a new constitutional right, the right to privacy in marital relations. The Connecticut statute conflicts with the exercise of this right and is therefore null and void.


Wow. Santorum says that's "wrongly decided"? That reminds me, it's time to donate to Bob Casey's campaign again.

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