Birth control is the first important step woman must take toward the goal of her freedom. It is the first step she must take to be man’s equal. It is the first step they must both take toward human emancipation.
MARGARET SANGER, "Morality and Birth Control," Birth Control Review, Feb-Mar., 1918
Consider the problem of over-population. Rapidly mounting human numbers are pressing ever more heavily on natural resources. What is to be done?... The annual increase of numbers should be reduced. But how? We are given two choices -- famine, pestilence and war on the one hand, birth control on the other. Most of us choose birth control.
ALDOUS HUXLEY, Brave New World Revisited
You must strive to multiply bread so that it suffices for the tables of mankind, and not rather favor an artificial control of birth, which would be irrational, in order to diminish the number of guests at the banquet of life.
POPE PAUL VI, speech, Oct. 4, 1965
Political analysts say the key voting bloc could be birth control moms. Birth control moms are women who use birth control but apparently not correctly.
CONAN O'BRIEN, Conan, Feb. 21, 2012
Although every organized patriarchal religion works overtime to contribute its own brand of mysogyny to the myth of woman-hate, woman-fear, and woman-evil, the Roman Catholic Church also carries the immense power of very directly affecting women’s lives everywhere by its stand against birth control and abortion, and by its use of skillful and wealthy lobbies to prevent legislative change. It is an obscenityan all-male hierarchy, celibate or not, that presumes to rule on the lives and bodies of millions of women.
ROBIN MORGAN, Sisterhood Is Powerful
The acceptability of birth control has always depended on a morality that separates sex from reproduction. In the nineteenth century, when the birth control movement began, such a separation was widely considered immoral. The eventual widespread public acceptance of birth control required a major reorientation of sexual values.
LINDA GORDON, The Moral Property of Women
The birth control pill, to a great degree, made possible the (hetero)sexual revolution. Yet those who developed oral contraceptives did not intend their work to promote what the majority of Americans at the time called "promiscuity." Doctors generally refused to prescribe the pill to women who were not married; the Supreme Court did not rule this practice unconstitutional until 1972.
BETH BAILEY, Sex in the Heartland
Neglect of an effective birth control policy is a never-failing source of poverty which, in turn, is the parent of revolution and crime.
Birth control that really works: Every night before we go to bed we spend an hour with our kids.
ROSEANNE BARR, Julia Gilden's Woman to Woman
Frankly, I adore your catchy slogan, “Adoption, not Abortion,” although no one has been able to figure out, even with expert counseling, how to use adoption as a method of birth control, or at what time of the month it is most effective.
BARBARA EHRENREICH, The Worst Years of Our Lives
I am pro-choice, but I find that abortion is a failure of the feminist establishment. With every kind of birth control available in the world, abortion is not something to be proud of. If you need an abortion, you’ve failed.
TAMMY BRUCE, speech at Columbia University, Apr. 6, 2005
I don’t believe there is one woman within the confines of this state who does not believe in birth control. I never met one. That is, I never met one who thought that she should be kept in ignorance of contraceptive methods. Many I have met who valued the knowledge they possessed, but thought there were certain other classes who would be better kept in ignorance. The old would protect the young. The rich would keep the poor in ignorance. The good would keep their knowledge from the bad, the strong from the weak.
CRYSTAL EASTMAN, On Women and Revolution
If men got pregnant, there would be safe, reliable methods of birth control. They’d be inexpensive, too.
ANNA QUINDLEN, Living Out Loud
Whether or not birth control is eugenic, hygienic, and economic, it is the most revolutionary practice in the history of sexual morals.
WALTER LIPPMANN, A Preface to Morals
The only remedy against hunger is reasonable birth control.
FRIEDRICH DURRENMATT, Portrait of a Planet
I prefer the earlier birth control techniques, which ranged from the delicious (using honey as a spermicide) to the aerobic (jumping backward seven times after coitus).
A.J. JACOBS, The Know-It-All