Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurers must provide coverage for all FDA-approved birth control methods. Donald Trump has promised to repeal the ACA, but without a detailed replacement plan, access to birth control may be significantly limited in future months.
The fight over birth control access in the United States is not a new one; In 1916, Margaret Sanger was arrested and sentenced to 30 days in jail for opening the country’s first birth-control clinic in the country. Then in 1938, the federal ban on birth control was lifted and by the 50s, Sanger had worked to create the first-ever birth control pill, with the help of biologist Gregory Pincus.
The January 31, 1955 issue of Newsweek ran a column in its medicine section identifying a religious case in favor of of birth control. Reverend James A. Pike, the dean of of New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine and an Episcopal leader, argued that "scientific" birth control is no more "artificial" than many spiritual means to that end. The column is republished in full here.
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