GRISWOLD v. CONNECTICUT

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Case Basics
Docket No. 
496
Appellee 
Connecticut
Appellant 
Griswold
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(Argued the cause for the appellants)
(Argued the cause for the appellee)
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Facts of the Case 

Griswold was the Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut. Both she and the Medical Director for the League gave information, instruction, and other medical advice to married couples concerning birth control. Griswold and her colleague were convicted under a Connecticut law which criminalized the provision of counselling, and other medical treatment, to married persons for purposes of preventing conception.

Question 

Does the Constitution protect the right of marital privacy against state restrictions on a couple's ability to be counseled in the use of contraceptives?

Conclusion 
Decision: 7 votes for Griswold, 2 vote(s) against
Legal provision: Due Process

Though the Constitution does not explicitly protect a general right to privacy, the various guarantees within the Bill of Rights create penumbras, or zones, that establish a right to privacy. Together, the First, Third, Fourth, and Ninth Amendments, create a new constitutional right, the right to privacy in marital relations. The Connecticut statute conflicts with the exercise of this right and is therefore null and void.

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GRISWOLD v. CONNECTICUT. The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. 30 September 2014. <http://www.oyez.org/cases/1960-1969/1964/1964_496>.
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"GRISWOLD v. CONNECTICUT," The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, accessed September 30, 2014, http://www.oyez.org/cases/1960-1969/1964/1964_496.