estelle griswold

ESTELLE GRISWOLD The Pill may have been a landmark invention, but it was useless to people who couldn’t access it. In the 1960s, Estelle Griswold, an activist and director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut, defied the law and opened a birth-control clinic with a physician named Lee Buxton. Both were arrested, tried, and found guilty by Connecticut state courts. However, Griswold argued that the state regulation applied in their conviction violated the 14th Amendment, under which states are forbidden to deprive citizens of life, liberty, and property without due process. In 1965, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Griswold and Buxton, thus rescinding the government’s authority to control the use of contraceptive methods (by betrothed couples, at least). By Lee Lockwood/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images.

- Vanity Fair

I would like to take a moment to direct everyone’s attention to Estelle Griswold, HBIC.

She was pissed off that contraception was illegal in Connecticut, so as Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood League of CT she opened a clinic in New Haven in order to get arrested and bring the case to the Supreme Court. The case (Griswold v. CT) resulted in general acceptance of a constitutional right to privacy, making contraception legal and paving the way for other cases such as Roe v. Wade and Lawrence v. Texas.