GOVT 421 Research Paper 1

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Research Paper 1: Preparation

  • Thesis: The Bill of Rights is a list of natural rights of individuals, and the right to privacy is a very core right that others are built upon.
  • I will try to stick to the thoughts that the Bill of Rights are a list of right that the governments guarantees to the people. One of the underlying rights is the right to privacy and how Connecticut infringed on the rights of married couples personal decisions. Showing how the Supreme Court saw this and realized the founder’s core concepts.
  • Outline
  1. What is the right to privacy and how it is it protected Constitutionally.
  2. Covering the right in the 1, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 14 amendments.
  3. narrowing of the right to privacy
  4. Covering Griswold vs Connecticut.
  5. Griswold and the Planned Parenthood leagues point of view.
  6. Connecticut’s view and laws that criminalized counselling of married individuals on preventing contraception.

III. Covering of the Supreme Court case and its decisions.

  1. How the judges voted views
  2. How are these views in line with our constitutional heritage.


Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech. “Griswold v. Connecticut.” Oyez. (accessed June 13, 2016).

“Griswold v. Connecticut.” LII / Legal Information Institute. Accessed June 13, 2016.

“Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) – Bill of Rights Institute.” Bill of Rights Institute. Accessed June 13, 2016.

“Griswold v. Connecticut 381 U.S. 479 (1965).” Justia Law. Accessed June 13, 2016.

“Kids.” Griswold V Connecticut -. Accessed June 13, 2016.

McBride, Alex. “Griswold v. Connecticut (1965).” PBS. December 2006. Accessed June 13, 2016.

Sharp, Tim. “Right to Privacy: Constitutional Rights & Privacy Laws.” LiveScience. June 12, 2013. Accessed June 13, 2016.

You will write a 4–5-page research paper covering the most controversial of all the rights in the Bill of Rights—the right to privacy. The purpose of this assignment is to help you analyze this right and its legacy as well as to think through the issues surrounding this right in the context of our legal, constitutional, and religious history.

The right to privacy was first created by the Supreme Court in its 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut ruling. Eight years later, the Court determined that the right to privacy was broad enough to include the right to an abortion.

Access Griswold v. Connecticut from any reputable website (two excellent websites are and Analyze this case from both a loose constructionist and a strict interpretationist perspective. Apply the principles and knowledge that you have gained in this course regarding America’s religious and legal history. In light of our Constitutional heritage and principles that you have learned in this course, which side is more consistent with our Constitutional heritage? Explain and discuss. Follow current Turabian formatting.

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