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Poe v. Ullman - Significance

Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1954 to 1962Poe v. Ullman - Appellant's Claim, Significance, Justiciability Of The Claim, Defining The Right To Privacy

Significance

This case examined the constitutionality of a Connecticut statute which prohibited the dissemination and use of contraceptives and which was prosecutable by the state. The Court was required to determine if this statute violated the right to privacy guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment and the liberty protected by due process of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Ultimately the Supreme Court dismissed the case, finding that it involved only a threatened and not actual application of the state statute, and finding no applicable immediacy or injury which deemed it necessary to make a ruling on constitutionality.

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