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Griswold v. Connecticut
Transcript of Griswold v. Connecticut
Does the Constitution protect the right of marital privacy against state restrictions on a couple's ability to be counseled in the use of contraceptives?
Facts of the Case
Executive/Medical Directors of Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut accused
Conviction - provided information and instruction to married couples concerning birth control
2 voted against
John M. Harlan
Byron R. White
7 voted for
William O. Douglas
Tom C. Clark
William J. Brennan
Arthur J. Goldberg
Hugo L. Black
Constitution does not protect the right to general privacy
First, Third, Fourth, and Ninth Amendments give a right to privacy in marital relations
Connecticut law: medical advice and treatment to avoid conception is prohibited
this conflicts with the Constitutional reasoning
argued that “marital privacy” only exists because the American society has chosen to protect it
argued that “marital privacy” grants a liberty under the Due Process Clause, and is protected by the Fourteenth Amendment (equal protection) against the states
agreed that there aren't any reasons why their views would not be protected by Constitution
Connecticut law conflicts with Constitutional rights
declared "null and void"