Blackburn says SCOTUS ruling protecting couples birth control is ‘unsound’

A landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling protecting the ability of married couples to obtain and use birth control is “unconstitutional,” according to Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Blackburn made the remarks in a video posted to Twitter on Sunday as the Tennessee Republican prepared for the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination. Committee member Blackburn is among other Republicans who have said it is time to reconsider landmark court decisions with an ascending Conservative majority in the court.

In her video, Blackburn proclaimed the Supreme Court’s year 1965 Griswold vs. Connecticut Decision nullifying a state law prohibiting the use of “drugs, medical articles or devices for contraceptive purposes.” The court ruled that the law violated the constitutional right to privacy, which later served as the basis for the right to access abortion treatment in the United States

Senator Marsha Blackburn, a Republican from Tennessee, speaks during a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson before the Senate Judiciary Committee March 21, 2022 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The US Senate will accept the historic nomination on Monday Jackson will become the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
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“Unconstitutional decisions like Griswold vs. Connecticut…confused Tennesseans and left Congress wondering who gave the court permission to bypass our checks and balances system,” Blackburn said.

In the video, Blackburn questioned the suitability of Jackson, who was nominated by President Joe Biden last month to become the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Blackburn criticized Jackson for not specifying her legal philosophy during last year’s hearings for a seat on the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

Jackson described her legal philosophy in response to written questions last year as “approaching all cases with professional integrity, which means that she adheres strictly to the rule of law, is open-minded and deals with every matter in a transparent, direct manner, without bias or anything like that.” prejudice decides how things will turn out.”

But Blackburn said she was “shocked and confused” by Jackson’s response.

“How is it that a judge who cannot say how or if she will apply the Constitution in her judgments is eligible for a seat on the Supreme Court?” asked Blackburn.

Blackburn said “many liberal activists” see the Supreme Court as “a stamp on their cultural agenda”.

If confirmed, Jackson is not expected to overturn the current Conservative 6-3 Supreme Court majority. The court signaled in December that it was ready to undermine or even reverse it Roe v. Calf, a landmark decision that legalized abortion nationwide almost 50 years ago.

With Roe potentially on the chopping block, some Republicans are hoping the court will go further.

That’s what three Republican candidates for Michigan attorney general said in February Griswold was wrongly decided according to a report by the left Mother Jones. Two candidates told later The Detroit News They didn’t want a ban on birth control.

Dana Nessel, Michigan’s current Democratic attorney general, responded with a tweet calling the opposition to the ruling “terrifying.”

In a 2012 Republican presidential debate, candidates Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney (now a senator from Utah) also said they opposed it Griswold.

news week has reached out to Blackburn for comment.

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