Michigan GOP AG Candidates Attack Court Decision Protecting Right To Use ContraceptionLegal experts believe rolling back Griswold case could lead to repeal of Roe v. Wade.
By Main Street Sentinel Staff
Three Republicans seeking their party’s nomination to challenge incumbent Democratic Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said last week that they oppose a 1965 Supreme Court decision, Griswold v. Connecticut, which overturned a ban on the sale of contraception to married couples.
Nessel called the exchange “terrifying” and tweeted in response, “Each of the radical Republicans running for Michigan AG want to overturn the right for married couples to use contraception without being prosecuted.”
All three candidates — former state Speaker of the House Tom Leonard; state rep. Ryan Berman; and Matthew DePerno, a tax and business litigation attorney — said they objected to the ruling as it “trampled states’ rights” when asked about it at the end of a forum in Alpena, Michigan on Friday, February 18.
“I would have to look more into it and the reasoning behind it, but I’m all about states’ rights and limiting federal judicial activism,” said Berman.
Leonard agreed, comparing the case to another landmark Supreme Court Decision: Roe v. Wade.
“This case, much like Roe v. Wade, I believe was wrongly decided, because it was an issue that trampled states’ rights and it was an issue that should have been left up to the states,” Leonard said. DePerno called Griswold v. Connecticut and Roe v. Wade “unworkable.”
“These are all state rights issues,” said DePerno. “The Supreme Court has to deal with that, has to decide, mark my words, that the privacy issue currently is unworkable. It’s going to be a state right issue on all of these things—as it should be.”
Nessel responded, “As MI Attorney General, I will continue to defend the constitutional right to privacy and to ensure (and, oh my God, I can’t believe I have to say this) your legal right to use contraceptives in our state. This is definitely a campaign promise I never imagined having to make.”
Legal experts said that rolling back the Griswold case could lead to a repeal of Roe v. Wade.