May 9 in freethought history…

thepillMay 9, 1960 – The US Food and Drug Administration approves the first commercial birth control pill. “The Pill,” as it was called, offered an unprecedented level of reproductive freedom to women. It was, predictably, praised by some as a liberating medication and condemned by others as a catalyst for sin and the destruction of the family. Upon learning of the FDA’s action, a frail and elderly Margaret Sanger (who had long advocated for this “magic pill” and had coordinated research funding for it several years earlier) said, simply, “It’s about time.”

 

May 9, 1983 –

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