One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.
- Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania Senator and candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2012.
On Monday, Santorum "reiterated his belief that states should have the right to outlaw contraception during an interview with ABC News yesterday:"
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.
U.S. Constitutional law has taken the contrary position since 1965, although it is worth observing that Santorum, who has had seven children (one of whom died two hours after birth in a process that put the life of the mother, his wife, at risk) does appear to practice what he preaches and to have managed a level of fidelity to his spouse that Republican Presidential candidates espousing "family values" like Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and John McCain have not.