Eisenstadt v. Baird
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|Eisenstadt v. Baird
|Supreme Court of the United States
|March 22, 1972
|Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
|Griswold v. Connecticut
|Roe v. Wade
In the 1960s, William Baird handed out contraceptives to whoever wanted them in Boston, Massachusetts.
Can Massachusetts criminalize distribution of contraceptives to unmarried couples?
William Brennan held, "If the right of privacy means anything, it is the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted governmental intrusion into matters so fundamentally affecting a person as the decision whether to bear or beget a child."
The right of unmarried couples to use contraceptive rests on the Equal Protection Clause according to SCOTUS.
- Unlike Griswold v. Connecticut, Eisenstadt v. Baird deals with the right of unmarried heteronormative couples to possess contraceptives.