Palin on Privacy

| Wed Oct. 1, 2008 10:20 PM EDT

PALIN ON PRIVACY....From Katie Couric's interview with Sarah Palin tonight:

Couric: Do you think there's an inherent right to privacy in the Constitution?

Palin: I do. Yeah, I do.

Couric: The cornerstone of Roe v. Wade.

Palin: I do.

Hmmm. This is decidedly not the opinion of most conservatives, is it? Privacy is mentioned nowhere in the constitution, but in 1965 Justice William O. Douglas wrote in Griswold v. Connecticut that "specific guarantees in the Bill of Rights have penumbras, formed by emanations from those guarantees" — and that the right of privacy was one of them. This has since become a much mocked phrase among conservatives, an archetype of the kind of "judicial activism" that they loathe. But Palin says she supports it. Hmmm.

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