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Griswold v. Connecticut – Today in History: June 7

Dr. C. Lee Buxton and Mrs. Estelle Griswold
Dr. C. Lee Buxton (center) and Mrs. Estelle Griswold (right) at police headquarters, after their arrest – © 2015 The Associated Press

On June 7, 1965, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in Griswold v. Connecticut. The case came before the court when the executive director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut, Estelle Griswold, and its medical director were convicted of having violated a Connecticut law passed in 1879 which prohibited the use of “any drug, medicinal article or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception.”  The eventual ruling stated that the Connecticut statute prohibiting the use of contraceptives was unconstitutional because it violated the right to marital privacy. This case became a landmark decision as it was the first to establish a constitutional right to privacy.

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