Planned Parenthood's founder Margaret Sanger coins the term "birth control" and uses it in an issue of The Woman Rebel
First Birth Control Clinic
October 16 1916
Margaret Sanger opens the first birth control clinic.
Margaret Sanger arrested
October 26 1916
Margaret & others are arrested and clinic is closed down. Margaret Sanger spends 30 days in prison.
First trial of Contraceptive Pill
First large-scale trial of the contraceptive pill In Puerto Rico
Approval for sale of the pill
The pill approved for sale in the United States. However, Comstock laws are in place which restricts states for sale & advertisement of birth control.
Unwanted Pregnancy Reduction
1960 - 2000
A reduction in percentage of unwanted pregnancies.
The Pill Arrives
June 23 1960
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves birth control pill as an oral contraceptive.
Introduction of Pill in New Zealand
The pill introduced in New Zealand, but only for married women through doctors prescriptions.
Family Planning starts prescription of pills
Family Planning starts prescribing the pill to married women.
Griswold v. Connecticut
US Supreme Court rules that married couples have right to contraception in a case by Planned Parenthood's first clinic in New Haven, Connecticut.
1 out of 4 married women in America younger than 45 had used the pill.
Many women are on pill worldwide
More than 12.5 million women around the world are on the pill.
13 million people in the world are using the pill.
Birth Control Pill options
In US, women can now choose from different birth control pills.
2/3 of all catholic women are using contraceptives.
Supreme Cout declares Massachusetts Law restricting sale of contraceptives to unmarried women unconstitutional.
"The Pill" music song is released
Loretta Lynn's country music song "The Pill" is released. It becomes a hit in the Greatest Country Songs of All Time.
FDA approval of Copper IUD
FDA approves distribution of Copper IUD, however for 4 years no manufacturers are wanting to make it available to women in US.
Teen abortion rate declined
1988 - 2010
Teen abortion rate declined.
Economist Magazine names Birth Control Pill
December 25 1993
Economist Magazine names birth control pill one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
Planned Parenthood wins legislative victory
Planned Parenthood wins legislative victory which requires prescription of contraceptive drugs and devices to be included in coverage of insurance for employees of federal government.
Emergency Contraception approved for sale over the counter
Emergency Contraception is approved for sale over-the-counter both for men & women aged 18+.
Bush Adminsitration proposes midnight regulation
Bush Administration proposes a rule which limits the rights of patients to receive accurate reproductive health information. Planned Parenthood files case over "midnight regulation".
Birth Control cost £480 per year
Birth Control could cost up to £480 per year. A survey finds out that more than 1/3 of female voters have struggled to afford prescription birth control, due to this have used it inconsistently.
2012 - 2014
Health Insurance plans are now required to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives with no copay. An estimated 30 million women are benefitting from ObamaCare's preventative healthcare provision.
2012 - 2014
In 2013, FDA lifts the age restrictions for over-the-counter sale of Plan B One-Step emergency contraception.
Use of Pill
Today, 99% of sexually active American Women have used birth control at some point in their lives. Nearly 60% of Americans who use the birth control pill use it for health-related reasons such as menstrual pain.
From 1960 to present, more women use birth control than before.