But through it all, the Pill sells: In 2005, according to the United Nations, more than 80 million women worldwide took some form of oral contraceptive. Jonathan Eig’s new history of the development of Enovid, “The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution,” helps explain why. Instead of recounting the familiar story of how the Pill catalyzed a sexual revolution, Eig shows how the Pill went from birth control advocate Margaret Sanger’s dream to Searle’s reality In the winter of 1950, when Sanger first challenged biologist Gregory Pincus to produce a cheap, effective, and reversible means of preventing pregnancy—preferably one that could be taken orally without a man’s knowledge—30 U.S. states still had laws banning or strictly limiting the sale, distribution, or advertisement of contraceptives.
by Audra J. Wolfe |
September 22, 2014