Eisenstadt v. Baird

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Eisenstadt v. Baird
Court Supreme Court of the United States
Date decided March 22, 1972
Appealed from Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Followed Griswold v. Connecticut
Cited by
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.