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Griswold V. Connecticut: Birth Control And The Constitutional Right Of Privacy (Landmark Law Cases and American Society)

Griswold V. Connecticut: Birth Control And The Constitutional Right Of Privacy (Landmark Law Cases and American Society) by John W. Johnson, ISBN: 9780700613779
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ISBN: 9780700613779
Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas
Published: 31 January, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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Griswold V. Connecticut: Birth Control And The Constitutional Right Of Privacy (Landmark Law Cases and American Society)

Americans value privacy as one of their most cherished rights, yet the word "privacy" isn't even mentioned in the U.S. Constitution. It took the Supreme Court's ruling in Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) to bestow constitutional protection upon this right. That remains one of the Court's most hotly debated rulings and led directly to an even more controversial decision in Roe v. Wade (1973). John Johnson's masterly critique of Griswold which observes its 40th anniversary on June 7, 2005 reminds us once again of its crucial impact on both American law and society.Johnson explores Griswold's origins in a challenge to Connecticut's 1879 anti-contraception law, provides a detailed narrative of its progress, examines the unfolding of the newly secured right of privacy up to recent controversies over same-sex relations, and grounds the story in two key contexts: the struggle within one state to establish the right to birth control and the national debate over the right of privacy. He also provides important insights into the Supreme Court decision in Poe v. Ullman (1961), which rejected challenges to the Connecticut's law and was itself immediately challenged. In response to Poe, Planned Parenthood opened a clinic in New Haven to dispense birth control advice and devices to married women. Ten days later, a local prosecutor shut the clinic down and indicted executive director Estelle Griswold and her medical director, C. Lee Buxton. Tracing the progress o

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