Contraception and Controversy
The issue of birth control and family planning did not begin with the creation of “the pill.” Contraception was discussed and practiced in different forms for hundreds of years. Fearing that these methods would lead to more promiscuity and possibly more unwed mothers, many states created anti-contraception laws which lasted until the 1960s.
This edition of That's History discusses the history of contraception and the attitudes surrounding it that exist today. The Historical Society's collections contain information on birth control and family planning. Search our collections online or visit us at 1300 Locust St. Philadelphia, PA 19107
About the Author
That's History was a biweekly radio segment co-produced by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and WHYY featuring historian Jonathan Zimmerman that aired from 2011 to 2012. That’s History took an event, issue or person in the news, and looked back into history for echoes, parallels, roots and lessons.