The Corner

The Pill

The fiftieth anniversary of the contraceptive pill seems to have provoked some grumbling around this fine Corner. I appreciate that some folk have religious objections to contraception. Those objections are what they are. As a practical matter, however, it seems to me that the development of the pill has been an enormous boon. Like many of the greatest scientific advances, it facilitated an enormous extension of freedom. Did some people abuse that freedom? Sure — and no surprise there — but the fault for that lies with people, not pill.

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