Just when you thought the opposition to Amy Coney Barrett couldn’t get any more hysterical, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) proved otherwise on Wednesday as he warned the Supreme Court nominee that her refusal to weigh in on an old legal case could frighten American women to the point that they no longer seek out birth control.
In questions surrounding the 1965 Supreme Court case, Griswold v. Connecticut, Blumenthal found himself frustrated that Barrett would not mention whether or not she agreed with the ruling. Taken in a vacuum, we suppose we could see where Blumenthal was coming from; the case did establish a family’s “right to privacy” surrounding birth control. However, Barrett’s refusal to comment was consistent with the position she’s taken throughout the entire hearing, which is to avoid letting the senators know how she might rule on any particular case.
But somehow, Blumenthal managed to read a very ominous possibility from Barrett’s silence.
“I want you to keep in mind how many people are listening and watching because they may take a message from what you say, they may see what you say and be deterred from using contraceptives or feel a fear that it could be banned,” Blumenthal said.
Right. That’s going to happen. Uh-huh.
Barret replied with perfect understatement, telling the Democrat that she would be “surprised” if anyone believed that birth control “was going to be banned” due to her confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Well, don’t underestimate the stupidity of leftists, Amy.
“Under questioning from Sen. Blumenthal, Judge Barrett refuses to answer unequivocally whether Griswold was correctly decided. Griswold gave Americans the right to use contraception. This came right after Barrett said Brown v. the Board of Education was correctly decided,” fretted MSNBC’s Kyle Griffin.
It is exceedingly unlikely that Americans and their right to purchase birth control will come before the Supreme Court, and leftists know this perfectly well. They also know that the chances of a woman watching these hearings and deciding to go off birth control because she’s afraid of some hypothetical future ruling are somewhere between 0 and 0.1%. Although we’ll grant that the chances are higher now that Blumenthal and other Democrats are PUTTING that fear out there into the atmosphere.
Later, Blumenthal suggested that Barrett might even “criminalize” same-sex relationships.
Democrats know they can do nothing to prevent Amy Coney Barrett from being confirmed to the Supreme Court, so they’re just trying to get as many headlines as they can nab in the meantime. If this is all the Supreme Court confirmation hearing has come to, Mitch McConnell should just call it off and hold a vote.