Sunday, March 4, 2012

Contraception: Prof. Louise Trubek was a plaintiff in first challenge in Connecticut

Prof. Louise G. Trubek - pioneer
Prof. Louise Trubek was the first named plaintiff in the contraception rights lawsuit that led to Griswold v. Connecticut, which enunciated the right to privacy.  While a law student at Yale in 1957 she and her husband were the only plaintiffs who sued in their own names. All others used pseudonyms  (John Doe, Paul Poe, etc.)   She tells her story here in the Times. - GWC
Contraception War Goes On -
by Louise Trubek
"Fifty-five years ago, I had an opportunity to take a stand in favor of the right of women to control their fertility — and I did so through the courts.

It was 1957, and fresh out of the University of Wisconsin I enrolled in the Yale Law School — one of only six women in my graduating class. In my second year at Yale, several of our professors asked my husband and me to join a lawsuit challenging Connecticut’s birth-control law, which outlawed the sale and use of contraceptive materials and prohibited a doctor from prescribing birth control even to married women. One goal of the lawsuit was to remove the statutory obstacle to opening Planned Parenthood clinics in Connecticut so that poor families could have access to family-planning services."

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