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8,872. We want better reasons for having children than not knowing how to prevent them. (Children & Contraception) Dora Russell, Hypatia 1925
8,907. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother. (Children & Woman & Contraception & Abortion) Margaret Sanger, atheist and socialist, founder of Voluntary Parenthood League 1914, and responsible for opening first birth control clinic New York City
68,416. Woman must have her freedom, the fundamental freedom of choosing whether or not she will be a mother and how many children she will have. Regardless of what man’s attitude may be, that problem is hers – and before it can be his, it is hers alone. She goes through the vale of death alone, each time a babe is born. As it is the right neither of man nor the state to coerce her into this ordeal, so it is her right to decide whether she will endure it. Margaret Sanger, Woman and the New Race
12,903. The way to get people back to the Church is to tell them they’re going to burn in Hell for eternity if they use contraceptives. (Catholicism & Church & Hell & Contraception) Spitting Image s1e1, Pope
12,909. The Pope says AIDS may be bad but condoms are worse. What kind of moral teaching is this? And how many people are going to die for such dogma? (Christianity & Pope & AIDS & Contraception & Dogma) Christopher Hitchens, v Reverend Al Sharpton
95,891. Would you care to see my video of the advice given by Cardinal Alfonso Lopezde Trujillo, the Vatican’s president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, carefully warning his audience that all condoms are secretly made with many microscopic holes, through which the AIDS virus can pass? (AIDS & Contraception & Vatican) Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great p45
12,916. This Pope ... He [the Pope] spreads the lie that condoms actually increase the incidence of AIDS. (Catholicism & Pope & Lie & Contraception & AIDS) Stephen Fry, with Christopher Hitchens v the Catholic Church 2009
12,939. Protestant women may take the pill. Roman Catholic women must keep taking the Tablet. (Catholicism & Contraception) Irene Thomas, Guardian 28th December 1990
17,258. Birth Control Review. (Gangstas: Atlantic City & Contraception) Boardwalk Empire: Ging Gang Goolie s3e6, Mrs Nucky’s leaflets
41,258. The freedom that women were supposed to have found in the Sixties largely boiled down to easy contraception and abortion; things to make life easier for men, in fact. (Abortion & Contraception) Julie Burchill, Damaged Gods 1986
44,403. Pills and sex can be a lucrative combination. But sometimes drug companies are not the first people to see that. In the UK one third of all women of reproductive age take the contraceptive pill. Worldwide a hundred million rely on it. But it almost never reached the market. In the 1950s research into contraception was illegal in many parts of the world. And where it was legal, pharmaceutical firms feared a moral backlash. Despite this, independent researchers did discover how to synthetically create female hormones ... The result was a social revolution. (Pills & Contraception) Horizon: Pill Poppers, BBC 2010
122,518. The contraceptive pill is 99% effective to use and when it arrived in Britain in 1961 the impact was revolutionary. Today it’s the most popular contraceptive in Britain. But like all medicines, the pill can cause side effects. Over the decades the pill has consistently been caught up in medical scandals. (Contraceptive & Pill) Horizon: Zoe Williams, The Contraceptive Pill: How Safe Is It? BBC 2018
122,519. Over three million people taking the pill in Britain today. (Contraceptive & Pill) ibid.
122,520. There are actually two different types of pill: there is the combined pill and the progesterone-only pill … both work by stopping the production of a woman’s natural hormones replacing them with a stream of synthetic ones. (Contraceptive & Pill) ibid.
122,521. 20% increased risk of breast cancer … ‘It protects you against a number of cancers’ … The increased risk of blood clots … Whilst pregnant the risk of getting a blood clot is actually higher … 52% had negative side effects … (Contraceptive & Pill) ibid.
122,522. 52% had negative side effects … 25%: the pill had negatively affected their mental health … ‘I would say it has affected my sex drive’ … ‘I had a lot of weight gain’ … (Contraceptive & Pill) ibid.
61,587. A basic human right, that everyone should have access to contraception. All the evidence is that people take advantage of this once they have the possibility, and they reduce their fertility. If that happens, then amongst other things, the world’s population growth will eventually level out at a lower rather than a higher number. That’s a good thing. (Population & Contraception) Professor Tim Dyson, London School of Economics
68,399. Pills and sex can be a lucrative combination. But sometimes drug companies are not the first people to see that. In the UK one third of all women of reproductive age take the contraceptive pill. Worldwide, a hundred million rely on it. But it almost never reached the market. In the 1950s research into contraception was illegal in many parts of the world. And where it was legal, pharmaceutical firms feared a moral backlash. Despite this, independent researchers did discover how to synthetically create female hormones ... The result was a social revolution. (Contraception & Pills & Pharmaceutics) Professor Tim Dyson
68,400. On the male side however contraception hasn’t changed since rubber condoms and vasectomies were invented in the nineteenth century. Professor Tim Dyson
62,243. Contraception: Griswold v Connecticut. (1960s & Women & Contraception) The Sixties: The Times They Are a Changing: Yesterday
62,684. The Pope today reignited the controversy over the Catholic church’s stance on condom use as he made his first trip to Africa.
The pontiff said condoms were not the answer to the continent’s fight against HIV and Aids and could make the problem worse.
Benedict XVI made his comments as he flew to Cameroon for the first leg of a six-day trip that will also see him travelling to Angola.
The timing of his remarks outraged health agencies trying to halt the spread of HIV and Aids in sub-Saharan Africa, where an estimated 22 million people are infected. (AIDS & Contraception & Pope) Guardian online article 17th March 2009 Riazat Butt
67,438. The birth control pill – thousands of women were freed from constant childcare and went to work. (Class & Contraception & Working Class) Melvyn Bragg on Class and Culture II, BBC 2012
68,397. Another check which the old idea of conception has led some to recommend with considerable confidence consists in introducing previous to connection a very delicate piece of sponge moistened with water to be immediately afterwards withdrawn by means of a very narrow ribbon attached to it. Dr Charles Knowlton, Fruits of Philosophy: An Essay on the Population Question, published England by Annie Besant c.1877
68,398. Annie Besant was the kind of do-gooder clergyman’s wife unthinkable a generation earlier and still unthinkable to the likes of the queen. Annie Besant had scandalised the country by publishing contraception advice for working people. Such impertinence would not go un-punished however and Annie found herself a victim of a court order. She lost custody of her daughter to her former husband. Simon Schama, A History of Britain: Victoria and Her Sisters
68,401. Casti Connubii 31 December 1930. Vatican’s policy on contraception & abortion & marriage
68,402. An impersonal and scientific knowledge of the structure of our bodies is the surest safeguard against prurient curiosity and lascivious gloating. Marie Stopes, Married Love 1918
68,403. It turns out they just didn’t wanna have ginger kids. The Catherine Tate Show, drunken bride
68,404. Condoms – they’re useless and they’re ineffective. And they burst. And your stomach just can’t cope with the sudden impact of two kilos of cocaine. Ardal O’Hanlon, on stage