Birth Control Technologies

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Introduction: I picked the topic of Birth Control Technologies because I am very interested in seeing how things have changed over time whether positive or negative when it comes to birth control. I do believe the usage of birth control is important when it comes to helping control the growth of the population. What other purposes does it serve? How did it become such a politically driven issue? Government always feels the need to step in and control people’s lives but is it really necessary. It also has become evident that women are pressured into taking precautions when it comes to sex and reproduction. Whereas, men are not required to have the same responsibility even though several different methods of contraception have been…show more content…
As time went on more scientists, delved into the birth control realm to modernize some of the technology that was currently present. For example, in 1839 Charles Goodyear invents more than tires. He develops the technology to vulcanize rubber and puts it to use manufacturing rubber condoms, intrauterine devices, douching syringes, and "womb veils". However, there was a point in time when Anthony Comstock, a devout Christian from Connecticut was appalled by what he saw in the city's streets. It seemed to him that the town was packed with prostitutes and pornography. In the late 1860s, Comstock began supplying the police with information for raids on sex trade merchants and became quite famous with his anti-obscenity crusade. Comstock was certain that the availability of contraceptives alone promoted lust and lewdness. Which brought about the Comstock Act of 1873 that prohibited advertisements, information, distribution of birth control, and allowing the postal service to confiscate birth control sold through the mail in the United States. Basically making birth control a federal crime. It is even went as far as making it illegal for married couples in the state of Connecticut to use birth control. However, with all of Comstock’s efforts that did not stop the crusade of Margaret Sanger a birth control advocate and founder of The American Birth Control League, the precursor to the Planned
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