Contraceptive Pill


Margaret Sanger coins the term "Birth Control"

June 25 1914

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.



13 million people in the world are using the pill.

Many women are on pill worldwide


More than 12.5 million women around the world are on the pill.

Birth Control Pill options


In US, women can now choose from different birth control pills.

Using Contraceptives


2/3 of all catholic women are using contraceptives.

Massachusetts Law


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.

Plan B

2012 - 2014

In 2013, FDA lifts the age restrictions for over-the-counter sale of Plan B One-Step emergency contraception.


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.

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.


100 million women use the pill.