Carole McCann, Gender and Women’s Studies, in ABC 2 News article

The term “birth control” was first coined almost 100 years ago, and several laws and practices have changed over the last several years.  ABC 2 News recently published an article about the history of birth control in the United States and how it has evolved, and interviewed Gender and Women’s Studies Chair and Professor Carole McCann for the story.

Carole McCann

“What you see is women struggling to find a means that works for them,” McCann said. She described how throughout much of the 20th century it was a violation of federal law to share information about contraceptives.

“We have a long history of women’s health needs being tied up with politics and sexual propriety,” McCann said. “That issue continues to plague the provision of women’s health care.”

The article examines several key dates over the history of birth control in the United States, including the 1965 U.S. Supreme Court case Griswold v. Connecticut.

You can read the full article on the ABC 2 News website here.