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History of the Pill (continued)

1968:
Pope Paul VI issues the encyclical Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), which reiterates the Catholic Church's consistent prohibition of contraception, sterilization and abortion. Humanae Vitae warns prophetically that "artificial birth control... could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards" and that "a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and... reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection."

1969:
The publication of The Doctor's Case against the Pill, by feminist journalist Barbara Seaman, focuses nationwide attention on the pill's dangerous side effects.

1970:
The negative publicity from Seaman's book results in Senate hearings on the pill's safety and the FDA requiring that prescriptions include package inserts listing the pill's side effects. After the hearings, pills with lower doses of hormones were made available.

1972:
Through its Eisenstadt v. Baird decision, the U.S. Supreme Court allows single people to have access to birth control products.

1988:
The FDA convinces drug companies to remove the original high-dose pill from the market.

Today:
The birth control pill and other birth control products have a lower dose of estrogen, which increases the chance of breakthrough ovulation and thus increases the likelihood of chemical abortions occurring. Even with the lower dose, the pill still has other dangerous side effects such as blood clots, breast cancer, stroke, cervical cancer, infertility, weight gain and much more. For more information on the pill's side effects, click here.


Sources:

PBS Online, American Experience. "Timeline: The Pill (Genesis - 1950)" Public Broadcasting Service.
PBS Online, American Experience. "Timeline: The Pill (1951 - 1990)" Public Broadcasting Service.
PBS Online, American Experience. "People & Events: The Puerto Rico Pill Trials" Public Broadcasting Service.
Casti Connubii: Encyclical of Pope Pius XI on Christian Marriage. December 31, 1930.
Encyclical Letter Humanae Vitae of the Supreme Pontiff Paul VI. July 25, 1968.
Alcorn, Randy. "Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?" Eternal Perspective Ministries.



 

 

 

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