Poe v. Ullman

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Poe v. Ullman
by the Supreme Court of the United States

Poe v. Ullman, 367 U.S. 497 (1961), was a United States Supreme Court case that held that plaintiffs lacked standing to challenge a Connecticut law that banned the use of contraceptives, and banned doctors from advising their use, because the law had never been enforced. Therefore, any challenge to the law was deemed unripe, because there was no actual threat of injury to anyone who disobeyed the law. The same statute would later be challenged yet again (successfully) in Griswold v. Connecticut (1965). Excerpted from Poe v. Ullman on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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United States Supreme Court

367 U.S. 497

Poe  v.  Ullman

 Argued: March 1, 2, 1961. --- Decided: June 19, 1961

See 82 S.Ct. 21, 22.

Mr. Fowler V. Harper, New Haven, Conn., for appellants in both cases.

Mrs. Harriet Pilpel, New York City, for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., as amicus curiae, in both cases.

Mr. Raymond J. Cannon, Hartford, Conn., for appellee in both cases.

Mr. Justice FRANKFURTER announced the judgment of the Court and an opinion in which THE CHIEF JUSTICE, Mr. Justice CLARK and Mr. Justice WHITTAKER join.


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