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Birth Control Access 50 Years Later

Thanks to Griswold v. Connecticut – a landmark decision in the women’s rights movement made just 50 years ago, which protected access to birth control – women now have greater control not only over their bodies but their future.

Before the pill existed and was made legally available, pregnancy was an unavoidable truth and fear for many women. In fact, according to Jonathan Eig, author of The Birth of the Pill, “Many women felt trapped – by their bodies, their career options, contraceptive options, by pregnancy, and perhaps most of all, by their limited choices.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named family planning, including access to modern contraception, one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. And Bloomberg Businessweek praised contraception as one of the most transformational developments in the business sector in the last 85 years.

But just how big of a deal is birth control and the case that made it legal? HUGE, and we’re now seeing its effects.

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In honor of the 50th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut, you tell us: “Birth control helped me _________.”

Ashley @ Planned Parenthood

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