Friday, May 09, 2008

The Pill Is Approved!

"It's certainly about time."
Margaret Sanger's response when she heard the news

The birth control pill was approved by the FDA on this day in 1960. The Pill was blamed -- or credited, depending on your point of view -- for the Sexual Revolution. Margaret Sanger was instrumental in the funding and development of a birth control method to help women actually plan parenthood as a means of reducing a high infant and maternal death rate -- The Pill.

"It is our experience, as it was our aim, that as a result of child-spacing, and adequate care of mothers, death rates would be reduced. It is now a fact that as a result of birth control, the survival rate among mothers and children is higher. There is less suffering for all groups." ~ Margaret Sanger

Gloria Steinem wrote an article honoring Sanger as one of the Top 100 people of the 20th Century. Even author and historian H.G. Wells said when the history of our civilization is written, "Margaret Sanger will be its heroine."

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