Today is the 43rd anniversary of Griswold vs. Connecticut, the case in which a womanâ€™s right to privacy was first affirmed by the US Supreme Court.
Griswold v. Connecticut involved a Connecticut law that prohibited the use of â€œany drug, medicinal article or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception.â€ The Griswold in the case name was the Estelle Griswold, Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut.
â€œGriswold led the way for a string of other decisions in which the right to contraception was extended to unmarried women (Eisenstadt v. Baird, 1972) and to minors (Carey v. Population Services International, 1977), from contraception to abortion (Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, 1973), and from reproductive rights to sexual rights (Lawrence v. Texas, 2003), where Justice Kennedy wrote of â€œan emerging awareness that liberty gives substantial protection to adult persons in deciding how to conduct their private lives in matters pertaining to sex.â€
I am profoundly grateful that Ms. Griswold was brave enough to push the issue forward. Please honor the day in an appropriate fashion, with the loved one of your choice.[image from Wikipedia]
UPDATE: Bug_girl and I were just talking in email about today being National Screw On Contraception Day and we thought we should mention it here.
The American Life League, a Catholic pro-life group, is protesting Planned Parenthood today. They are calling the anniversary “Pill Kills” day, and claiming that the pill induces “chemical abortion”. I still can’t really believe that people who are against abortion are also against contraception–probably the primary means of preventing the unwanted pregnancies that would otherwise result in abortion. The illogic of this position is astounding. I guess this just shows that they really are all about curtailing women’s rights.
So close your browser, shut of your computer, and get going with that contraception screwing to celebrate the anniversary of women’s freedom. –writerdd