There are days when you really must wonder if the folks over at ThinkProgress, the opinion site of the left-leaning, George Soros backed think tank Center for American Progress, actually, you know, think about what they’re writing. This recent piece on Rand Paul and contraception just shows they don’t do critical thinking very well.
Although GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has dodged questions about whether he believes the Constitution protects a woman’s right to use birth control, one of Romney’s top legal advisers is a leading opponent of the right to contraception. Robert Bork, the former federal judge who serves as co-chair of Romney’s Justice Advisory Committee, described the first Supreme Court case to protect access to contraception as “utterly specious” and a “time bomb.”
In a surprising departure from conservative orthodoxy, Tea Party Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) broke with Romney’s legal adviser yesterday, stating that the Constitution does indeed protect a right to birth control:
Really? Rand freaking Paul has stated “that the Constitution does indeed protect a right to birth control”? You mean that he says that the government should be buying people contraceptives using taxpayer money? (Because that is what a “right to birth control” means, guys.)
Except…he says no such thing. Indeed, right in the blockquote from the article they use, and in the part of the blockquote that is bolded to high heavens, it is totally disproven:
Paul said he agrees with the landmark Supreme Court case Griswold v. Connecticut, which first declared that the Constitution protects privacy and invalidated a state law banning access to contraceptives.
“Protects privacy and invalidated a state law banning access to contraceptives.” That’s a big difference from “right to birth control.”