On This Date in Legal History

A physician and Estelle Griswold, the Executive Director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Connecticut, were convicted of violating a state law that prohibited the prescribing of birth control to married couples. They appealed their convictions to the United States Supreme Court.  In the case of Griswold v. Connecticut, the Court held on June 7, 1965, that the law was unconstitutional and reversed the defendants’ convictions.

Estelle Griswold, executive director of the Planned Parenthood League, standing outside the center on April, 1963. Photo courtesy of Time & Life pictures.

Estelle Griswold, executive director of the Planned Parenthood League, standing outside the center on April, 1963. Photo courtesy of Time & Life pictures.

Justice Douglas, writing for the majority of the court, explained that the law violated the “right to marital privacy.” He wrote—“the right of privacy which presses for recognition here is a legitimate one. The present case, then, concerns a relationship lying within the zone of privacy created by several fundamental constitutional guarantees.” You can listen to the oral argument before the Supreme Court at http://goo.gl/vAyyjK.  

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Tina Nelson

Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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