Birth Control

Planned Parenthood celebrates 40th anniversary of court ruling

Today is the 40th anniversary of legal birth control in the United States. Planned Parenthood staff and volunteers are planning a celebration today in Albany, New York, to mark the occasion.

On June seventh, 1965, the U.S. Supreme Court -- ruling in Griswold versus Connecticut -- struck down state laws that made birth control by married couples illegal. It was the first Supreme Court case that provided constitutional protection for the use of birth control. The landmark ruling came five years after the FDA approved the birth control pill and 49 years after Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the United States.

It wasn't until 1972 that a court ruling expanded the protection of birth control to unmarried women.