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The birthday of the pill

KUHF-FM (88.7, Houston), June 12, 2010

First introduced in 1960, the birth control pill turns 50 this year thanks to a few tenacious individuals, report UTMB’s Norbert Herzog and David Niesel in this week’s installment of Medical Discovery News. “The driving force was a nurse named Margaret Sanger. In 1916, she founded the first birth control clinic in the U.S. and was often jailed and prosecuted. She wasn’t deterred and, in 1942, founded the Planned Parenthood Federation. Yet 40 years later, Sanger was frustrated there remained no oral contraceptive for women. At the age of 72, she met Gregory Pincus, an American biologist who believed hormones could be key to making an effective pill and agreed to help Sanger.” MDN airs locally at 10 a.m. Saturday on KUHF. 




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