Griswold v. Connecticut 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago, on June 7, 1965, the U.S. Supreme Court guaranteed the right to use birth control in their Griswold v. Connecticut decision. This case challenged a Connecticut law that forbade individuals to use contraceptives even within the bounds of marriage. The Court found this to be a violation of the right to privacy guaranteed in the constitution. In this ruling the court agreed that a married couple’s use of contraceptives was a “fundamental right.”

Although single women were not included in this ruling until a few years later, this decision was a game changer. Prior to 1965, the use of contraceptives, or even accessing medically accurate information about contraceptives, was illegal.

Fifty years later – although much has changed for the better and contraceptives are legal and widely available – there is still so much to do. 

We know that low-income women still face many barriers to accessing their choice of safe and effective contraception. And over the past few years we have seen that even though contraception is the most proven effective (AND cost-effective) way to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, teen pregnancies and abortions — there are still those who seek to unnecessarily restrict access to this fundamental right.


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