Decided: Eisenstadt v. Baird - The U.S. Supreme Court rules 6-1 to expand the right of people to have and know about contraceptives to unmarried couples. According to the Court's decision, the right of people to make such decisions is not based solely upon the nature of the marriage relationship.
From the majority opinion:
"If under Griswold the distribution of contraceptives to married persons cannot be prohibited, a ban on distribution to unmarried persons would be equally impermissible.
It is true that in Griswold the right of privacy in question inhered in the marital relationship. Yet the marital couple is not an independent entity with a mind and heart of its own, but an association of two individuals each with a separate intellectual and emotional makeup.
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."
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