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Generations of women have lived with the task of controlling the childbearing process In 1960 the Food and Drug Administration approved the birth control pill The approval of the pill was a great event for women The birth control pill not only prevents pregnancy it also treats several feminine disorders Before the birth control pill many women turned to illegal or self-performed abortion In 1973 abortion was made legal by the case of Roe Vs Wade These events have become a great privilege for women but neither prevents AIDS or other diseases In 1916 the birth control movement was established by a public health nurse name Margaret Sanger Sanger opened up the first birth control clinic in New York This clinic informed women about deciding to become mothers and when It also provided education to women about existing birth control methods The idea of a womans right to control her own body and her own sexuality gave a new outlook to family planning Sanger recorded in her autobiography Every day the little waiting room was crowded Women came from the far end of Long Island the press having the spread the word from Connecticut Massachusetts Pennsylvania New Jersey They came to learn the secret which they thought was possessed by the rich and denied to the poor Asbell 44According to Bernard Asbell the state of New York charged Sanger with illegal distribution of contraceptive information and forced Sanger to close the clinic 45 In 1951 Sanger and Katharine McCormick an heir to the International Harvester
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