Romney Says Discussion About Contraception 'silly'

Published January 8, 2012 3:09AM (EST)

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney says that constitutional amendments are the way to guarantee bedrock rights and says judges shouldn't have the power to create new rights.

Romney was asked during Saturday night's Republican debate whether privacy rights were guaranteed in the constitution. The question was about whether a state could ban contraception, noting privacy was the reason cited in the last century in a case that overturned Connecticut's ban on contraception.

The right to privacy also was cited by the Supreme Court when it ruled in favor of abortion rights.

Romney says the question was silly, given no state currently is planning to ban contraception. Contraception, he said, is working "just fine."

By Salon Staff

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