The 5 Most Empowering Quotes From Griswold v Connecticut Prove Justice Goldberg Knew What Was Up

Thanks to the Supreme Court, birth control has been legal in the U.S. for 50 years. Griswold v. Connecticut was a big deal because the Court ruled that married couples had the right to use contraception. Before that, birth control was either restricted or outlawed entirely. Now, most states offer women a way to access birth control for free, and some states are even going as far to require insurers to provide women with a full year of birth control coverage, which is amazing. Women have gone from having no choice to when they have babies to being able to prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years with an IUD. Some of the best quotes in Griswold v. Connecticut stand as the first positive remarks for reproductive health.

It all started in 1961, when a woman whom I admire greatly, Estelle Griswold, opened up a Planned Parenthood clinic even though she knew she would get arrested, according to the National Women's Law Center. At that time, Connecticut had a law that made it a crime to give birth control to married people. Griswold and the clinics doctor were arrested and convicted for providing birth control information and advice to couples, and Griswold appealed the case all the way to the Supreme Court. Exactly 50 years ago from Sunday, the Court ruled that state-level bans on birth control violated a married couple's right to privacy. Now, access to birth control has made it so that more women can go to college and more women can pursue advanced professional degrees. Here are the five best quotes from Griswold v. Connecticut about a right to privacy when it comes to healthcare.

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Justice William O. Douglas on the intrusion inherent in contraception bans:

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Justice Arthur Goldberg on fundamental rights referred to abstractly in the ninth amendment: (He wrote that the specification of certain rights in the first eight amendments shouldn't rule out the protection of even more potential rights from government intrusion, which are protected by the ninth amendment.)

Goldberg on how the court should determine a fundamental right: (This one has fabulous implications for women's rights.)


Goldberg on one of the dissenting judge's opinions, which stated that the law might have been "silly," but it should stand because it was passed by a legislative body, which can test some economic or social belief through law:


Justice Byron White on how this kind of ban would stop doctors from doing their jobs and disproportionately affect the poor:

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