Griswold v. Connecticut

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  • Carly Caterbone  Period 1  Griswold v. Connecticut 
  • Thank you 
  • Griswold's office 
  • Here is some information on contraceptives to prevent pregnancy 
  • Griswold being charged 
  • CLOSED
  • In Griswold, the Court identified a “zone of privacy created by several fundamental constitutional guarantees.” Recognizing the importance of privacy to marriage, the Court invalidated Connecticut’s attempt to prohibit married couples from using birth control. In 1972, in Eisenstadt v Baird, the Court extended to unmarried couples the right to birth control.
  • The case going to the Supreme Court
  • Estelle Griswold was the Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut. Both she and the Medical Director for the League gave information, instruction, and other medical advice to married couples concerning birth control. 
  • The ruling 
  • They were convicted as accessories for giving married persons information and medical advice on how to prevent conception and, following examination, prescribing a contraceptive device or material for the wife's use.
  • The appeal 
  • Griswold v. Connecticut is a 1965 Supreme Court case, which discusses the right to privacy in the context of marital contraception. 
  • In a vote of 7 to 2, the Court held that there are penumbras of privacy (in the first amendment), which would include a married couple's right to contraception counseling and use. 
  • No, 
  • They appealed their conviction on the grounds that the Connecticut law violated their patients’ rights under the Constitution.  In 1965, the Supreme Court agreed with them and struck down the Connecticut law.
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