Today is the 43rd anniversary of Griswold vs. Connecticut, the case in which a woman’s right to privacy was first affirmed by the US Supreme court.

Griswold v. Connecticut involved a Connecticut law that prohibited the use of “any drug, medicinal article or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception.” The Griswold in the case name was the Estelle Griswold, Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut.

“Griswold led the way for a string of other decisions in which the right to contraception was extended to unmarried women (Eisenstadt v. Baird, 1972) and to minors (Carey v. Population Services International, 1977), from contraception to abortion (Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, 1973), and from reproductive rights to sexual rights (Lawrence v. Texas, 2003), where Justice Kennedy wrote of “an emerging awareness that liberty gives substantial protection to adult persons in deciding how to conduct their private lives in matters pertaining to sex.”

I am profoundly grateful that Ms. Griswold was brave enough to push the issue forward. Please honor the day with the loved one of your choice :D

[image from Wikipedia]

Read more about Griswold and Sanger, another birth control pioneer

Posted by Gwen Pearson

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  1. Interesting that you included Sanger – a prominent supporter of the US euthanasia movement.

    I love the blog, btw.

  2. Well, the birth control work she did was important, and we all benefit from it.

    The time period in which she worked was not particularly known for it’s enlightened attitudes, however :(

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