Parental Autonomy, Family Rights and the Illegitimate: A Constitutional Commentary
57 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2010
Date Written: September 1, 1974
Connecticut has a history of unsuccessful attempts to intervene in private family decisions. The state fought determinedly to prevent birth control. 237 It was the Supreme Court to keep indigent married couples from divorce. 238 It sought to assure that a pregnant mother would not have the option to have an abortion. 239 The common thread in all these efforts was a purported benevolent motivation: to protect individuals from themselves and to enhance family life.
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