In May 2010, women and men celebrated the 50th anniversery of an FDA Advisory committee to approve the use of the first birth control pill. Today 98% of American women use birth control as some point in their lives. The Pill put women in control of their bodies and their lives. These days woman have an array of choices including the hormonal patch, vaginal ring, and new injectibles.
One of the oldest references to birth control comes from the Bible. In the book of Genesis men are called upon to practice coitus interruptus, known as the withdrawal method. Fast forward to pre-industrial America when Charles Goodyear began producing condoms and diaphragms made from vulcanized rubber. Margaret Sanger, well into her 80's underwrote the research necessary to create the first birth control pill. In 1965 The Supreme Court ruled that married couples had the right to use birth control as protected in the Constitution as a "right to privacy." In 1972 The Supreme Court legalized birth control for all citizens of the country regardless of marital status.
Here we are again. Gingrich, Romney and Santorum are racing to turn back the clock. The farce and fuss of religion's banning birth control is just crazy. 80% of American Catholic women were using the pill back in the 80's for goodness sake. This fake religious war on birth control and choice is the old bait and switch tactic we've seen so many times before.
Don't under estimate the brainy outspoken women of the 21st century. When they mail in their ballots in November, they will fill the bubble beside Obama's name. After all he has two smart daughters and one brainy wife. Betty Friedan must be rolling over in her grave,