The Warren Court (1953–69)


Why is Griswold v. Connecticut considered such an important decision?

Griswold v. Connecticut is an important decision for several reasons. First, the Court established a general constitutional right to privacy when the word “privacy” never appears in the Bill of Rights. The decision established the principle that there are implied rights within the Bill of Rights. Second, it is one of the only Supreme Court decisions to interpret the Ninth Amendment and its notion of “unenumerated rights.” Finally, Griswold v. Connecticut is important to understand for supporters and opponents alike because it was the key precedent for the Burger Court to later hold, in Roe v. Wade (1973), that the right of privacy included a woman’s right to choose whether or not to have an abortion.


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