birth control movement timeline

The focus will be the evolution of the birth control movement in terms of attitude, or value, changes within government and socie.ty • as well as policy changes. 1954 States? Gregory Pincus is born in Woodbine, New Jersey to Russian Jewish immigrants. Frank Colton, chief chemist at G.D. Searle, independently develops another oral form of synthetic progesterone. Despite her accomplishment, she does not pursue a career and marries Stanley McCormick, heir to the International Harvester Company fortune. Searle receives reports of 132 blood clots, including 11 deaths, but the company declares that there is no conclusive evidence demonstrating that the blood clots are a direct result of the Pill. 1904 1984 An article in Science magazine informs readers that women have taken a synthetic hormone as an oral contraceptive and it works. That’s one technique ancient Egyptian women used to prevent pregnancy. By late 1959, over half a million American women are taking Enovid, presumably for the "off-label" contraceptive purposes. Pope Pius XI issues an encyclical titled Casti Canubi (Of Chaste Marriage) calling birth control a sin, and opposing birth control by any artificial means. This timeline covers the years of 1921 to 1979, which includes the formation of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the first lesbian organization in the U.S., plus the FDA approval of birth control pills and the establishment of legal abortion. Margaret Sanger successfully opens the first legal birth control clinic in the U.S. with the stated intent of only using contraceptives for medical purposes, such as the prevention of life-threatening pregnancies and in accordance with the Crane decision. 1974 In the book of Genesis men are called upon to practice coitus interruptus, commonly known as the "withdrawal" method. Oct.16: Sanger, with her sister and a friend, opens the first birth control clinic in America, in Brooklyn, New York. document.documentElement.className += 'js'; Of all the methods dispensed, the Pill is most popular. Discover the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst who helped bring down gangsters and break up a Nazi spy ring in South America. Chemistry professor Russell Marker discovers a way to make synthetic progesterone with Mexican wild yams known as cabeza de negro. Rock has been giving the same drug to his infertility patients with the eventual goal of stimulating pregnancy after his patients finish a 3 to 5 month regimen of progesterone injections. Early 1980s Katharine McCormick's husband dies, giving her full control over his fortune. ... growing out of the anti-slavery movement, and the second, in … Oct. 29: Excited by the vast potential market for the Pill, Searle files an application with the FDA to license the 10 milligram Enovid -- the same pill approved for menstrual disorders -- for use as a contraceptive. For women, birth control meant being able to make the conscious decision to have or not have children on their own terms. | Download as a PDF or as a hi-res PNG file. Rock selects a high dosage for the Pill in order to be absolutely certain that Enovid will prevent pregnancy without fail. Since 1960, when the FDA approved the pill as a contraceptive, reproductive health supporters have spent decades trying to make birth control more accessible and affordable. Vatican II comes to an end and the Roman Catholic Church implements some reforms -- but a decision on the Pill is not made. From Private Vice to Public Virtue : Birth Control in America Since 1830 . No major newspaper gives her an obituary, and with her passing, her contribution to the birth of the Pill is forgotten. The Pill's impact on women in the work force is significant. 1914 Longstanding techniques included the rhythm method, withdrawal, diaphragms, contraceptive sponges, condoms, prolonged breastfeeding, and spermicides. 1873 1938 Diaphragms, also known as “womb veils,” become a popular method of birth control. Over 12.5 million women worldwide are on the Pill. Viennese gynecologist Emil Knauer discovers the existence of chemicals that control the body's metabolic processes. That same year, Sanger incorporated the American Birth Control League, an ambitious new organization that examined the global impact of population growth, disarmament, and famine. googletag.cmd = googletag.cmd || []; Genesis The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all had various forms of birth control. 1930s Pincus and Rock discover that Searle has been sending them pills contaminated with a minuscule amount of synthetic estrogen in addition to the progesterone -- a major set back for the trials. 1972 1966 October 15: Unbeknownst to Pincus or Sanger, a chemist named Carl Djerassi working out of an obscure lab in Mexico City creates an orally effective form of synthetic progesterone -- a progesterone pill. Syntex receives FDA approval to sell the drug Carl Djerassi developed in the 1950s under the trade name Ortho Novum. October: Pincus goes to the drug company G.D. Searle and requests additional funding from them for the pill project. Charles Goodyear invents the technology to vulcanize rubber and puts it to use manufacturing rubber condoms, intrauterine devices, douching syringes, and "womb veils" (diaphragms). The Greek philosopher Aristotle is thought to be the first person to propose using natural chemicals such as cedar oil, lead ointment or frankincense oil as spermicides. He is the first known advocate of abstinence as a form of birth control. Various recipes for the water-based solution include salt, vinegar, liquid chloride, zinc sulfite or aluminum potassium sulfite. American women can now select from 7 different brands. s.parentNode.insertBefore(t,s)}(window,document,'script', Despite the competition, Searle earns $24 million in net profits from Pill sales, but neither Gregory Pincus nor the Worcester Institute receive any royalties. Since Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger coined the term "birth control" in 1914, contraception has truly revolutionized women's lives in the United States, and around the world. Pincus is astonished to learn that Rock has already been testing the chemical contraceptive on women and demonstrating that it works. Birth control is covered by health insurance without co-pays or deductibles. Margaret Sanger and Katharine McCormick first meet at one of Sanger's Boston lectures, and strike up an enduring friendship. For the first time in American history, women can receive organized instruction in birth control. Sanger, living in Tucson, Arizona, is no longer an active participant in the birth control movement. Not one of the 50 women in the experiment ovulates while on the drug. 384-322 B.C. At a dinner party in New York City she is introduced to Gregory Pincus and implores him to take up her quest. Pincus sets out to prove his hypothesis that injections of the hormone progesterone will inhibit ovulation and thus prevent pregnancy in his lab animals. The Crane decision, in the case against Sanger's operation of the clinic, is the first legal ruling to allow birth control to be used for therapeutic purposes. 1917 The case legitimizes birth control commerce among the medical profession and leads to the American Medical Association (AMA) officially recognizing birth control as part of a doctor's medical practice. The Greeks invent the first known contraceptive for women, the pessary, around 1850 BC. {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? Despite general public approval for birth control, ghosts of the Comstock Laws linger. 1956 The discovery that the pituitary gland functions as a "remote control system in human reproduction" leads directly to the invention of the first pregnancy test. Although sales of the Pill dropped for a brief period after the Senate Pill hearings, American women return to the drug in record numbers. 1967 1930 1962 Summer: The FDA approves the use of Enovid for the treatment of severe menstrual disorders and requires the drug label to carry the warning that Enovid will prevent ovulation. Many within the church support the use of the Pill. Scientists learn that conception occurs in human reproduction when the sperm enters the female egg. President Dwight Eisenhower states in a press conference that birth control "is not a proper political or government activity or function or responsibility" and adds emphatically that it is "not our business.". Affordable Care Act becomes law. The human sex hormone estrogen is isolated and identified by Edward Doisy at Washington University in St. Louis. Pincus and Rock proceed with the trials, convinced that while the Pill may cause discomfort, it is safe. } Just 15 years after President Eisenhower declared that birth control is not the government's business, the government supports birth control clinics in 2,379 of the nation's 3,099 counties. In the U.S., the drug has never received FDA approval, but the age of faith in "wonder drugs" appears to be over, and the American public begins to question the safety of drugs. In her later life, Sanger spearheaded the effort that resulted in the modern birth control pill by 1960. Katharine McCormick, after majoring in biology, becomes one of the first women to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in science. 1968 One of the first prescriptions for birth control was on a papyrus sheet from 1550 B.C. birth control. Brush up on your birth control history, and see just how far we've come in 100 years. Less than two years after FDA approval of Enovid for therapeutic purposes, an unusually large number of American women mysteriously develop severe menstrual disorders and ask their doctors for the drug. Mr. Tornado is the remarkable story of the man whose groundbreaking work in research and applied science saved thousands of lives and helped Americans prepare for and respond to dangerous weather phenomena. To the dismay of Catholics around the world — and ignoring the recommendations of the Papal commission on birth control -- the Pope states unequivocally that the Church remains opposed to all forms of birth control except the rhythm method. June 7: Estelle Griswold and Lee Buxton take their Connecticut case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. June 23: Pope Paul VI creates the Papal Commission on Population, the Family and Natality, informally known as the "Birth Control Commission." 1960s 1875 Around 600 BC, the Greeks discover an herb, Silphion, in what is now Libya. January - March: Influenced by Seaman's book, U.S. 1880 1886 As the first apparently effective birth control "pill," it is harvested to extinction. Senator Gaylord Nelson convenes Senate hearings on the safety of the Pill. 1923 1838 Will there be a male pill? April 25: Sanger manages to secure a tiny grant for Gregory Pincus from Planned Parenthood, and Pincus begins initial work on the use of hormones as a contraceptive at The Worcester Foundation. Margaret Sanger orchestrates a court battle over a shipment of Japanese diaphragms to a doctor in the U.S. London, K. “Mainstreaming the Adolescent Mother.” Issues in Health Care of Women Vol. April: John Rock tells the national press that the Pill, since it simply extends a woman's "safe period," should be considered an extension of the Vatican-approved rhythm method. She writes Margaret Sanger a letter inquiring about current research and asks where her money might be best spent funding efforts to improve birth control. Parke-Davis, another drug company eager for a share of the market, sells its version of the Pill. A petition is circulated to end the state's anti-birth control law. A German doctor, Friedrich Wilde, offers patients a small cervical cap to cover the cervix between menstrual periods. The Egyptians invent the condom around 3000 BC. May 11: Searle receives FDA approval to sell Enovid as a birth control pill. 1918 Katharine McCormick, after majoring in biology, becomes one of the first women to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in science. December: It is still a crime to use birth control in Connecticut. 2012 The Healthy Youth Act is repealed. The women are arrested and all the condoms and diaphragms at the clinic are confiscated. Besides crocodile refuse, Egyptian women also use… The earliest known recordings of birth control methods date back to ancient Mesopotamia, around 1850 BC. However, after testing new shipments of uncontaminated Enovid, they conclude that the combination of estrogen and progesterone (the same combination still used today) reduces some problems like breakthrough bleeding. September 6: Margaret Sanger dies in Tucson, Arizona, just shy of her 87th birthday. One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote, a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history. They are promptly arrested, but their case brings national attention to the anachronistic state laws. Katharine McCormick and Margaret Sanger set out to improve women's lives through "birth control," a phrase Sanger coined. Fearing his disease is hereditary, McCormick vows never to have children and develops a staunch belief in the value of contraception. Harvard does not grant Pincus tenure. Due to massive improvements over the past decade in condom quality and a growing awareness of the inadequacies of douches, "rubbers" are the most popular form of birth control on the market. These products vary the amount of progesterone and estrogen in the drug during the 21-day cycle. Searle's director of research tells Pincus that his previous work for them was "a lamentable failure" and refuses to invest in the project. The task force finds no smoking gun, but does allow the drug companies to bring lower doses of the pill to market with less red tape. 1916 Only 3.4% of birth control pills on the market are the original high-dosage pills. Eisenstadt v. Baird gives unmarried people the right to access contraception. By a vote of 7-2 in Griswold v. Connecticut, the Court strikes down the Connecticut law prohibiting the use of birth control as a violation of a couple's right to privacy. Birth control practices The practice of birth control was common throughout the U.S. prior to 1914, when the movement to legalize contraception began. The syringe method will remain in popular use for the next 40 years. Sympathizing with Sanger's movement, McCormick makes small contributions to the cause and smuggles diaphragms into the United States for Sanger's clinics. 1843 Radical feminists disrupt the male-dominated hearings and demand women taking the Pill be informed of all the potential dangers and side effects. Attacks on Planned Parenthood, 1982 2.3 million American women are using the Pill. Searle is the first and only pharmaceutical company to sell an oral contraceptive and it has a lucrative monopoly. The quinine and "cacao-nut butter" suppository, known as "Rendell's," was somewhat effective and commonly used in England until World War II. Crocodile dung is an active ingredient. McCormick's husband is diagnosed with schizophrenia. 1929 Is it safe? 1912 1725-1798 Casanova includes in his memoirs details of his experimental forms of birth control. As the first apparently effective birth control "pill," it is harvested to extinction. The Pill project is restarted. Get the latest on new films and digital content, learn about events in your area, and get your weekly fix of American history. In 1912, the modern birth-control movement began. In the wake of the Thalidomide tragedy, the FDA will enact stricter regulations for human drug tests. 1970s Gregory Pincus receives an appointment at Harvard University to teach in department of general physiology. December 31: The Roman Catholic Church makes its first definitive statement on birth control. He is the first known advocate of abstinence as a form of birth control. Women can take Preven pills up to 72 hours after sex to prevent pregnancy. Scientists determine that smoking is major factor contributing to blood clotting in Pill users, but that the lower doses of pill not only greatly reduce the risk of clots but also reduce other side effects such as weight gain, headaches and nausea. 1848-1920 •. During the Great Depression, companies eager to sell women contraceptives, but not permitted to by law, use the term "feminine hygiene" to market a wide array of over-the-counter products that are believed to have a contraceptive effect. Although the birth control pill and other hormonal contraceptive devices are modern inventions, birth control has been around for thousands of years. David Niven and Deborah Kerr star in the Hollywood film Prudence and the Pill. 1915 Pincus knows progesterone will work, but in order to get FDA approval he will need to test the drug on humans, which only a clinical doctor can do. The organization, deciding his work is too risky, decides not to continue funding his research. Infographic, Sanger returns to New York to face trial. Previously, the only option approved by Rome was abstinence. August: The Nineteenth Amendment is ratified, giving women the right to vote. Ortho Evra, a birth control "patch," slowly releases hormones through the skin, freeing women from a daily pill. Surveys show that birth control has disappeared from the list of medical research's 35 top priorities. December 4: John Rock dies at the age of 94 in Temple, New Hampshire. The diaphragm is the most effective form of birth control available in America, but the least popular method due to its high cost and the need to see a physician. /* fbq('track', 'PageView'); */ How do prescriptions differ? The Planned Parenthood Federation of America runs 200 birth control clinics. 1942 The American Birth Control League changes its name to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. 1952 She comes out of retirement because of the alarm over population growth around the world. 1949 Katharine Dexter McCormick is born into a wealthy and prominent family in Dexter, Michigan. The pharmaceutical industry awakens to the huge market for effective contraception, and 13 major drug companies, nine of them American, work to develop new birth control methods and their own versions of the Pill. Swipe to advance Just five years after the Pill's FDA approval, more than 6.5 million American woman are taking oral contraceptives, making the Pill the most popular form of birth control in the U.S. Searle still dominates the market, and does $89 million in sales of Enovid. Birth Control. Rather than face the charges, she flees the country to continue her work in England. June 8: Sanger realizes McCormick can fund Pincus' research and brings her to Shrewsbury to meet the scientist. Most methods involved covering the “mouth of the womb” with some sort of sticky barrier to physically block any hopeful sperm. After he observes a wide variety of these chemical substances, in 1905 the mysterious chemicals are named hormones, from the Greek hormaô, "stir up" or "incite.". The birth control movement will also be di.scussed in relation to social movement theory. Searle is doing $37 million in annual sales of the Pill for "menstrual disorders" and pushes the FDA for approval. January: In less than a year, Pincus confirms that progesterone works as an anti-ovulent in rabbits and rats. Broadly speaking, the Women’s Heath Movement refers to the social movement that emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s in conjunction with the second wave of the feminist movement centered on improving health care for all women. Prior to this it was assumed that men created life and women just provided the home for it. Born Maggie Louise Higgins, Margaret Sanger becomes the sixth child of a poor, working class, Irish Catholic immigrant family in Corning, New York. 1947 It is a felony in Massachusetts to "exhibit, sell, prescribe, provide, or give out information" about them. Obamacare, The first commercially manufactured birth control suppository is produced in England by London chemist W. J. Rendell. One of the most popular products is the simple and cheap "Lysol douche," and scores of women rely solely on this ineffective and dangerous method to prevent pregnancy. The FDA reports that 10.7 million American women are on the Pill. 1903 Almost 30 years after the discovery of hormones, scientists at the University of Rochester in New York identify progesterone, the ovarian hormone. if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version='2.0'; With 1.2 million American women on the Pill, Searle's corner on the Pill market comes to an end. var googletag = googletag || {}; Egypt. His model will gain widespread popularity and come to be known as "the diaphragm.". Americans spend an estimated $200 million a year on contraceptives. 1870s September 1: Word of serious side effects, such as blood clots and heart attacks caused by the Pill, begins to spread. (Enter your ZIP code for information on American Experience events and screening in your area.). Is it safe? March 2: Congress passes the Constock Law, an anti-obscenity act that specifically lists contraceptives as obscene material and outlaws the dissemination of them via the postal service or interstate commerce. If you think pausing for a condom kills the mood, you should try rubbing crocodile dung on your cervix. This is the year of Vatican II and monumental reforms in the Catholic Church. As soon as Searle completes the requisite field tests demonstrating the effectiveness of the Pill at lower doses, the FDA approves the drug for contraceptive use at 2.5 and 5 milligrams. The Catholic Church remains resolutely opposed to artificial birth control, but Pope Pius XII announces that the Church will sanction the use of the rhythm method as a natural form of birth control. 1951: Sanger enlists scientist Gregory Pincus to develop a “magic pill,” which will become the first oral contraceptive. A wide assortment of birth control devices are available in America -- such as condoms, sponges, douching syringes, diaphragms and cervical caps -- from catalogs, pharmacists, dry-goods stores and even rubber vendors. 1921 Birth control, once considered obscene and vulgar, is now a pop culture icon. 1952 Her work helped lay the foundation for modern codebreaking today. They know the Pill will be controversial and want oral progesterone to be seen as a "natural " process, not something that interferes with the normal menstrual cycle. August 15: At the world assembly of Anglican bishops, known as the Lambeth Conference, a resolution is passed favoring limited acceptance of birth control. Although the vast majority of doctors approve of birth control for the good of families, anti-birth control laws on the books in thirty states still prohibit or restrict the sale and advertisement of contraceptive devices. Scientists make a crucial breakthrough in reproductive biology. The visit is a huge success. The Egyptians invent the condom around 3000 BC. For this crime and others, Sanger is indicted for nine violations of the Comstock Law. 1973 Two strikes in the early 1970s resulted in greater awareness of the cleaners' (mainly women) working conditions. 1950s That year, Dennett began writing articles for the Birth Control Review, a publication that enabled members of the birth control movement to communicate about activities and activism. The Women's Liberation Movement sought to unionise night cleaners, who worked in dangerous and low-paid jobs. fbq('init', '271837786641409'); Margaret Sanger establishes the American Birth Control League, the antecedent of the Planned Parent Federation of America. n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; August 22: In the prime of his career, Gregory Pincus dies in a Boston hospital at age of 64 from myeloid metaplasia, a rare disease of the white blood cells, due to exposure to lab chemicals. 2013 His discovery makes progesterone production affordable and will become the basis for hormonal birth control. See your state’s current abortion laws — and learn how access to abortion would change if Roe v. Wade were overturned. At the time, the United States is the only western nation to enact laws criminalizing birth control. Reed, James. Less than a decade after President Eisenhower declared that the government should not get involved with birth control, President Lyndon B. Johnson pushes through legislation for federal support of birth control for the poor. 1921–1940 •. History of the Birth Control Movement—Tape of Connecticut Public Radio broadcast—Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In spite of Church doctrine, two-thirds of all Catholic women are using contraceptives, and 28% of them are on the Pill. March 23: The U.S. Supreme Court, ruling in Eisenstadt v. Baird that a state cannot stand in the way of distribution of birth control to a single person, strikes down Massachusetts law prohibiting the sale of contraceptives to unmarried women. Dr. Wilhelm Mensinga, a German scientist, invents a larger cervical cap. In a public statement the organization declares that birth control is being used as an instrument of racial genocide. Aug 22, 1996 1996 -- Welfare Reform Act 2000-2002 Four new birth control products are approved by the FDA - the first in a decade. The Pill becomes the most popular form of reversible birth control in America. 1969 1960 1839 He informs Planned Parenthood of his findings and requests more funding. With the introduction of the birth control pill to the market in 1960, women could for the first time deter pregnancy by their own choice. Margaret Sanger has been successful in fighting legal restrictions on contraceptives, and birth control has gained wide acceptance in America. birth control: History of the Birth Control Movement Although contraceptive techniques had been known in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, the modern movement for birth control began in Great Britain, where the writings of Thomas Robert Malthus stirred interest in the problem of overpopulation. October: Margaret Sanger invites Gregory Pincus to the 5th Annual International Planned Parenthood League conference in Tokyo, Japan, where Pincus announces the results of his progesterone study. John Rock puts his reputation on the line and publicly asks the state to let Massachusetts physicians advise patients on birth control. 1957 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/fbevents.js'); She founded the American Birth Control League, one of the parent organizations of the Birth Control Federation of America, which in 1942 became the Planned Parenthood Federation of … Will there be a male pill? Confidence in the safety of the pill has risen dramatically in the years since the Pill hearings. While teaching at Harvard Medical School, Dr. John Rock engages in unheard of and subversive activities, covertly breaking Massachusetts' law by teaching medical school students about birth control. A strong accusation, it touches a cord in minority communities and the term "black genocide" catches on. Katharine McCormick, eager for results, stays in Boston for the winter to keep tabs on Rock and Pincus' progress. The fight for reproductive freedoms was intense. n.queue=[];t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0; In 1923, Sanger opened the Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau in Manhattan to provide birth control devices to women and to collect statistics about the safety and long-term effectiveness of birth control. June: In a victory for feminists and the women's health movement, the FDA orders that all oral contraceptive packages must contain a patient information insert detailing possible side effects from the Pill. 1941–1960 •. fbq('track', 'ViewContent'); He recounts his attempts to use the empty rind of half a lemon as a primitive cervical cap. April: Since anti-birth control laws in Massachusetts and many other states make it impossible for Rock to conduct the larger human studies necessary for FDA approval, Rock and Pincus launch the first large scale clinical trials for the Pill in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is defeated, but Dr. John Rock is one of 15 physicians -- and the only Catholic -- to sign petition. Together with a former colleague from his Harvard days, Gregory Pincus founds a small, private laboratory in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology, to pursue research away from the politics and restraints of academia. 1827 July 16, 2014, 11:33 a.m. Category: 1964 1906 Margaret Sanger was the founder of the birth control movement in the United States and an international leader in the field. 1953 After figuring out that women are fertile approximately midway through the average menstrual cycle, they conclude that pregnancy can be avoided by abstaining from sex during that fertile period. In the wake of the Pill hearings, sales drop by 20%, but the oral contraceptive remains America'sbirth control method of choice. 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