The Birth Control Of Women

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Appropriately called by some one of the “Seven Modern Wonders of the World,” the birth control pill has absolutely revolutionized the lives of women around the globe. As an effective means to control if and when a woman has a child, the pill opened up doors to spaces where women weren’t allowed prior. A person controlling their own fertility is an essential component of creating economic security, limiting unwanted pregnancies, and creating healthier families. There are many new options for contraception for women today, but the pill was the original catalyst in the United States for women claiming control over their fertility, career, and overall health status. The concept of family planning can be traced back to a nurse, sex educator, and political activist names Margaret Sanger. Born in 1879 to a large family (and her mother subsequently died during Margaret’s birth), she was passionate about the ability for women to control their fertility and own their sexuality. Sanger is credited with opening the first birth control clinic in the United States in 1916 (Planned Parenthood, 2013). She went on to found the American Birth Control League, which eventually became Planned Parenthood. Fighting for reproductive justice through advocacy and clinics was just the beginning, however, as Sanger had an ultimate goal: a birth control pill. Being the dream she always wanted to have realized, Sanger teamed up with an experimental biologist and friend, Katherine Dexter
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