The Birth Control Pill And Its Impact

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The Development of the Birth Control Pill and Its Impact

In 21st century North America, the birth control pill is widely accepted and marketed. Most doctors and people agree that it is essential to women’s health and to the current values and priorities of our changing society. However, in the 1960s when “The Pill” was new to the public1, their mindset was not as progressive. The first oral contraceptive sparked the ongoing debate on reproductive health and women’s rights2, and has greatly impacted our views on these issues today.

Development of the Birth Control Pill

The research and development behind the pill was spearheaded by Margaret Sanger, honorary president and chair of Planned Parenthood Federation of America at the time3. She
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