When

UPCOMING:

Workshop with FaithAloud

PREVIOUS:

Oct 3: WBAI/Joy of Resistance Feminist Film Festival at The Commons, Brooklyn

‘Reproductive Justice Walking Tour’ film; Live performance, Reproductive Justice Players featuring Stacey Linnartz

Sept 25, 2014: ProChoice Conference, UK, Live via Web Link

Sept 20, 2014: International Women Artists Salon, Dixon Place

Sept 14, 2014: Launch, Reproductive Justice Walking Tour Film

June 7, 2014

Set off:  1:00 pm, 1:15 pm, 1:30 pm (meeting at 1 Hudson, corner of Hudson and Chambers)

Repro Justice Fair at Judson Memorial Church: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

law is law

They oppose birth control: 1965

What’s significant about this date?

June 7 is the anniversary of the Griswold v. Connecticut decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1965, holding that a state cannot arrest people for distributing birth control to married couples (extended to nonmarried people in a later decision, Eisenstadt v. Baird). Estelle Griswold, the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Haven, CN, had been arrested and fined for distributing birth control.

The court also held, for the first time, that people had a right to privacy in the U.S. Constitution that protected their decisions from government intrusion. The right to privacy later became central to Roe v. Wade, in 1973, holding that states could not make abortion illegal in all cases, and to Lawrence v. Texas, finding that states could not arrest people for having sex with someone of the same sex.

Today, access to birth control is once again under attack by reactionary and conservative forces across the country, even though 99 percent of women of all races, religions and ethnicities in the U.S. use it at some time.  Here’s an article by Ruth Rosen on what’s going on today.

Read our blog about the 1960s and Estelle Griswold.

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Estelle Griswold: fighting for the people’s right to birth control 1965.

Here’s a Fact Sheet on Contraceptive Use from the Guttmacher Institute.

Here’s more information on the landmark case, Griswold v. Connecticut.
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