Sign up for the PEP Email List



 
  Home   »  Get the Facts  »  Important Supreme Court Cases


Eisenstadt v. Baird


William Baird v. Thomas Eisenstadt (County Sherriff, MA)--1972

 

 

William Baird gave away vaginal foam to a woman following his lecture on birth control and over-population at BostonUniversity.Sherriff Eisenstadt brought him to court and Baird was charged with a felony. Massachusetts law only allowed married couples to obtain contraceptives from registered doctors or pharmacists; Baird was neither.

 

The Supreme Court struck down this state law in Eisenstadt v. Baird, but not because of the “right to privacy.”The Court ruled that married and single individuals should be treated the same in the eyes of the law.This decision established the right of unmarried individuals to obtain contraceptives.

 


Share on Facebook

 
Get the Facts

Reproductive Justice Issues
Important Supreme Court Cases
Publications
PEP Ad Campaigns
Essay Help