Griswold V Connecticut

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Griswold v. Connecticut Griswold v Connecticut was a landmark Supreme Court case that outlawed state ban’s on the use of contraceptives, as it violated the right to privacy of married couples. This landmark decision only 49 years after the first birth control clinic was opened by Margaret Sanger was the first to provide constitutional protection for women who want to use birth control, and paved the way for nearly universal acceptance and use of birth control that we see in America today. The case was contesting a Connecticut law that outlawed the sale and distribution of contraception in the state of Connecticut. In order to test the law, the Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut Estelle Griswold and Dr. C. Lee Buxton, a Doctor and Professor at Yale Medical School opened a birth control clinic in New Haven, Connecticut. Shortly thereafter, they were arrested for and found guilty of being accessories in the sale and distribution of illegal contraception. (T., G.R.) As required by law, they were fined one hundred dollars each and sentenced to jail time. Buxton and Griswold appealed the hearing to the Connecticut Supreme Court on the grounds that the law violated the United States Constitutional right to privacy. It was after appeal in 1965 that the Supreme Court finally heard their case, which after the 1943 Tileston v Ullman case that had attempted to make an appeal on the behalf of patient health, and the 1961 Poe v Ullman hearing in which a doctor and his patient sued because the law was unfair but they had not been harmed by the law so they had to dismiss the hearing. (T., G.R.) It was this combination of events that created the perfect legal storm of sorts, which allowed this trial to be heard, unlike the previous cases that attempted to challenge this very issue and had been denied. In a landslide victory, the Supreme Court

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