Judge Amy Coney Barrett pushed back Wednesday against an effort by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) to argue that she would endanger the right to contraception because her mentor, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, thought a key decision was wrong.
Coons raised the case of Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), which struck down a state ban on contraception. Scalia had said that the case was wrongly decided because it referred to a “penumbra” of rights, leading to more activist decisions.
The Delaware Senator quizzed Barrett about the case:
Coons: When we spoke on the phone last week, you said you cannot think of any specific issue of law where you disagreed with Justice Scalia. Do you agree with him that Griswold was wrongly decided, and thus states should be able to make it illegal to use contraceptives if they so choose?
Barrett: Well, Senator, as I have said a number of times, I