The Birth Control Of Women During The Nineteenth Century, Civil Rights Activist And Feminist, Estelle T.

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In the early 1950s, civil rights activist and feminist, Estelle T. Griswold along with, Yale professor, Charles Lee Buxton decided to open up a birth control clinic in an attempt to change the 1879 Connecticut law; which prohibited any person from using any drug, medicinal article or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception.

First off, it was crucial for Griswold to ratify the law because contraceptives were the key to start a sexual revolution and a women’s liberation. Contraceptives allowed women to have sole control of their fertility; lowering the risk of unwanted motherhood and unwanted marriage. Not only does contraceptives help a women control their fertility, but her future as well. A woman is able to decide when to have kids; enabling her to pursue a career first if she wanted to. In a time when women were very limited from showcasing their abilities, having control of their fertility was uplifting.

However, during the late nineteenth century; many viewed contraceptives as immoral, obscene and illicit. This eventually led to the creation of “comstock laws” among various states. Comstock laws were state laws criminalizing the sale, distribution, or even discussion of birth control. One of which is Connecticut’s law of banning the use of contraceptives. In an attempt to ratify the law, Griswold began to practice the use of contraceptives with various married couples in New Haven, Connecticut. Just after ten days of being open, Griswold and her…

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