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Abortion The word alone provokes strong emotion in both women and men alike Roe v Wade was decided twenty five years ago but still the fight is not over Instead there are mass rallies bombings of abortion clinics murders of doctors and workers at such clinics intimidation arrest political lobbying and numerous Supreme Court cases What is it that divides families and keeps old friends from speaking to one another on the topic Why are opinions so polarized and why are minds so closed As the great philosopher Plato said A perfectly simple principle can never be applied to a state of things which is the reverse of simple The topic of abortion is anything but simple and our laws governing the matter are ever changing to try to achieve a middle ground In the late nineteenth century a specific backward law was added in Connecticut It banned not the sale or manufacture of contraceptives but their use The Director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut Griswold and its medical director a licensed physician were convicted under the statute as an accessory after they gave advice to married couples on contraception Griswold appealed the statute to the Supreme Court where the question was whether the statue violated the Constitution The Court was convinced that it did though it refused to become specific about what clause of the Bill of Rights it violated The court drew notice to a zone of privacy which was an emanation created by various amendments This zone grew out of the right to privacy implicit in the First Fourth and Fifth Amendments The Ninth Amendment also hints at its existence when it says that the enumeration of specific rights does not preclude the existence of other rights enumerated With Griswold v Connecticut 381 US 479 1965 the Court established that married couples have a Right to Privacy as a prenumbra to the Bill of Rights Seven years
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