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Bell Ringer: Constitutional Arguments in Griswold v. Connecticut

Constitutional Arguments in Griswold v. Connecticut

Law professors Helen Alvaré and Rachel Rebouché discussed the landmark Supreme Court Case Griswold v. Connecticut, in which Planned Parenthood challenged an 1879 state law banning the use of birth control. A clip of Fowler Harper, an original attorney in the case, describing the Constitutional basis for the case is included.

Description

Law professors Helen Alvaré and Rachel Rebouché discussed the landmark Supreme Court Case Griswold v. Connecticut, in which Planned Parenthood challenged an 1879 state law banning the use of birth control. A clip of Fowler Harper, an original attorney in the case, describing the Constitutional basis for case is included.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Explain the Constitutional arguments that Fowler Harper makes?
  • What is the rational basis test?
  • Why was it important for Griswold's argument for the court to interpret the right to privacy as a "fundamental right?"
  • How does this case relate to the balance between individuals' right to privacy and a state's power to make laws that govern health, safety, welfare and morals?

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • 14th Amendment
    • Due Process
    • Morals
    • Penumbra
    • Privacy
    • Rational Basis Review

    Topics

    Supreme Court Cases

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity