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.