We’ve all been celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to affirm the right for same-sex couples to marry. But did you know there is a direct link between this case and Planned Parenthood? Landmark case Griswold v. Connecticut, which solidified a married couple’s right to use birth control, was brought about by a leader at Planned Parenthood.
In that 50-year-old case, the justices said a couple has a right to privacy including birth control. Justices in last week’s case cited the Griswold decision and a couple’s right to privacy as one of the foundational cases on which they based their decision.
Bustle wrote an outstanding article explaining the connection between the two cases.
Here is an excerpt:
“May marked the 50th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut, the Supreme Court case that struck down bans on contraception for married adults (a later ruling extended access to unmarried adults). Yes, without Estelle Griswold, the former executive director of Planned Parenthood in New Haven, some of us would have never been able to receive condoms or the birth control pill, even with our husbands at our sides. But what Griswold essentially gave Americans was privacy in your bedroom, your home, your marriage — the legal standing used in cases related to sex, sexuality and reproductive rights for decades.”
Thank you Mrs. Griswold! And thank you to the U.S. Supreme Court for coming down on the right side of history.