A General Right To Privacy Is Recognized

1965

Addressing a state law that prohibited married couples from purchasing contraceptives, the Supreme Court, in Griswold v. Connecticut, rules that the Constitution gives individuals a “zone of privacy.” In reaching this decision, the Court lists various constitutional provisions, including the Third, Fourth, and Ninth Amendments, as evidence that the framers intended such a right of privacy to exist, even though the Constitution does not contain a specific reference to that right.