The Right of Privacy
First recognized in
Griswold v. Connecticut
right of privacy is not found in any specific provision of
the Bill of Rights.
The Supreme Court has held that privacy is a
fundamental right enforceable against the state
governments via the Due Process Clause of the
, the right of privacy was invoked to
invalidate a state law prohibiting the use of birth control
Roe v. Wade
(1973), the right of privacy was held to
be broad enough to include a woman’s decision to have
an abortion, touching off a constitutional debate that
continues to rage.
decision remains one of the most hotly debated
decisions of the modern Supreme Court.