Pivotal moments

How a little known legal case on birth control improved women’s lives

Estelle Griswold standing outside of the Planned Parenthood center in New Haven, Connecticut in April, 1963. (Wikimedia)

Thanks to Griswold v. Connecticut — a Supreme Court decision to allow married couples in Connecticut to use contraception — women, children and families are all better off. That’s the argument professor Martha J. Bailey makes in a new article for The Atlantic explaining the significance of the Griswold case, which the High Court ruled on 50 years ago this month.  The case inspired a wave of social change that led to numerous states repealing anti-contraceptive laws. The states that removed restrictions to birth control saw a reduction in unwanted pregnancies and had more children finish college and earn higher family incomes. When unmarried women received the Constitutional protections of Griswold, it led to these women delaying marriage, completing college and entering fields disproportionately represented by men.

Read the full story at The Atlantic.

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