The 50th Anniversary of Griswold vs CT

June 5, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

Some Respect Wanted for Women

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Fifty years ago this week, the nation celebrated a Supreme Court decision that has since had a profound impact on women’s autonomy in this country. The landmark case, Griswold v. Connecticut, legalized birth control (for married people, at least) and paved the way for all women to have control of the single most important health and financial decision she makes in her lifetime-whether and when to become pregnant.

The historic achievement was a game changer for women’s health. Now, a half-century later, some in Congress and statehouses across the country are working relentlessly to turn back the clock.

Why in 2015 is contraception so controversial?  It prevents millions of unintended pregnancies, saves billions of taxpayer dollars annually, and empowers women. It’s outrageous that in 2015 federal legislation as well as court decisions erect barriers between a women and her family planning care. Local and federal governments seem to be working overtime to figure out more ways to restrict and sabotage this constitutional right that was affirmed half a century ago with Griswold. What’s more, the recent Hobby Lobbydecision opened the floodgates for other lawsuits that could prevent employees from having their birth control covered by their insurance companies due to their employers’ religious beliefs.

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