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If abortion becomes illegal, could contraception be next?

By Joel Mathis, The Week

The leaked draft of a potential Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade has sparked a discussion about what other previously granted rights might be revoked by the court in the future. Some progressives believe that contraception might be the next target of pro-life conservatives. Here’s everything you need to know:

Is there a Constitutional right to contraception?

The Founders didn’t specifically include a right to any family planning methods in the Bill of Rights, so you won’t find any protection for, um, protection in the text of the Constitution. But the Supreme Court ruled in Griswold v. Connecticut, a 1965 case, that married couples do have the right to obtain birth control — part of a “right to privacy” that can be inferred from the Third Amendment’s prohibition against forcing Americans to quarter soldiers in their homes, the Fourth Amendment guarantee of the right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures, the Fifth Amendment’s protection against self-incrimination, and the Ninth Amendment’s assertion that Americans possess rights that aren’t explicitly spelled out by the Constitution.


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