Forty Years of Legal Contraceptives in the U.S.

Tomorrow – June 7 – is the 40th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut, the landmark Supreme Court case which legalized the use of contraceptives by married couples. Planned Parenthood has issued this statement
commemorating the anniversary, noting that “… 40 years later, women
still face unnecessary and often politically-motivated barriers to
contraception …?

The Supreme Court’s landmark
decision was announced June 7, 1965 — five years after FDA approval of
the birth control pill and 49 years after Margaret Sanger opened the
first birth control clinic in the United States. Griswold paved the way
for the 1972 Supreme Court ruling in Eisenstadt v. Baird, which
expanded the protection of birth control to unmarried women — and for
the widespread use of contraception that exists today.


Author: Rob Goodspeed