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Archive for Saturday, March 24, 2012

40 years ago: Supreme Court makes far-reaching decision on birth control

March 24, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 24, 1972:

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that single people had a right to obtain contraceptives if married people were permitted to by the state. "If the right to 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," said Justice William J. Brennan Jr. "Whatever the rights of the individual to contraceptives may be, the rights must be the same for the unmarried and the married alike." The issue had arisen in Massachusetts, which, along with 24 other states, restricted single people's access to birth control devices. The state permitted married people to obtain contraceptives, but allowed single people to obtain them only to guard against disease.

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 8 months ago

Like he really cares about that pesky SCOTUS? Brownie thinks that when he took his oath of office he put his hand on the Constitution and swore to uphold the Bible, not the other way around.

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