If you wanted further proof that the real target for the anti-choice crowd is not abortion but contraception, the Family Research Council will be holding a discussion of Eisenstadt v Baird, a 1972 Supreme Court ruling that overturned state laws banning the sale of contraception to unmarried couples (following Griswold v Connecticut in 1965, which did the same for married couples). Short version: They’re agin it.
On March 22nd, 1972, the Supreme Court undermined the boundaries and benefits of marriage. In the decision Eisenstadt v. Baird, the Court struck down a Massachusetts law prohibiting the distribution of contraceptives to unmarried people, and implicitly sanctioned unmarried non-procreative sexual intimacy.
While the decision may seem archaic and insignificant by modern sexual standards, Eisenstadt v. Baird dealt a decisive blow to the legal and cultural norm that marriage was the institution for the full expression of the sexual relationship between man and woman.
Let me translate that last sentence: “The decision dealt a decisive blow to our ability to control other people’s lives and force them to live by our antiquated moral code or be thrown in jail.”