CONNECTICUT’S ANTI-BIRTH CONTROL LAW UPHELD (Oct, 1964)
The test case they are referring to is of course Griswold v. Connecticut in which the Supreme Court ruled that the law violated a person’s right to privacy.
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CONNECTICUT’S ANTI-BIRTH CONTROL LAW UPHELD
Once again Connecticut’s 85-year-old anti-birth control law has been upheld by the state supreme court. The state law, which has been attacked by Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut for more than 40 years, makes the use of contraceptives a crime. Another state law makes it illegal to give advice—even for doctors—on the use of contraceptives.
The Planned Parenthood League is expected to carry this test case to the United States Supreme Court. A previous case was not ruled on by the Supreme Court because it said that the law was really a dead issue since nobody had ever been arrested for violating it since its adoption in 1879.
In this case the Planned Parenthood League openly defied the law by opening a birth control clinic headed by a prominent Yale University gynecologist. The clinic was promptly closed by the police and its staff arrested, thus creating this new test case.
Birth control advocates are anxious for the United States Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the law.