Last Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the FDA approving the first oral contraceptive. The pill has been heralded as a tremendously important part of equal rights for women – allowing women to delay having children, letting them advance further in the workplace, being able to take control of their own fertility, and more. However, there is still a long way to go before affordable, accessible birth control options are available to all women (and men). Today we take a look at the history of the pill, the complexities of the relationship between women of color and birth control, why almost 50% of pregnancies in the United States are still unplanned, why there’s no pill for men, and much more.
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