Griswold v. Connecticut (1965)

Definition - What does Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) mean?

Griswold v. Connecticut is a landmark case in which the U.S. Supreme Court decided that a state law banning "the use of any instrument, drug or pharmaceutical to serve as contraception for pregnancy" violated certain constitutional rights. Specifically, the court ruled that the law was unconstitutional because it violated the right to privacy.

Justipedia explains Griswold v. Connecticut (1965)

The case that eventually ended up in the U.S. Supreme Court began when the director and executive director of the Planned Parenthood league in Connecticut were arrested. At the time, they were both charged as accessories after they provided information about contraceptives to married couples in violation of state law.

The case then went to the Appellate Division of the Circuit Court and the Supreme Court of Errors, both of which upheld the initial decision. That set the stage for the U.S. Supreme Court decision.

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