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The Pill at 50: Sex, Freedom and Paradox

The birth control pill, which the FDA approved 50 years ago, was the first medicine designed to be taken by people who were not sick. In 1999, it was called the most important scientific advance of the 20th century by The Economist.

Many women still question whether the health risks outweigh the benefits.

In the article linked below, Time Magazine explores the Pill in depth, eventually concluding that:


“As the conversation of the past half-century makes plain, science alone will not resolve questions that reach this deep into our relations with one another.”

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