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Review: The Birth of the Pill by Jonathan Eig

By Jessica Abrahams   February 2015

the-man-who-invented-sex-978023077014001The Birth of the Pill by Jonathan Eig (Macmillan, £20)

Margaret Sanger was the 20th century’s greatest campaigner for birth control.  When contraception was still illegal in the US, the American spent her life searching for a “magic pill” she could offer the desperate women who wrote to her for help, many of whom had 10 or more children. She wanted a cheap, easy and effective method of contraception that would free women from constant child-bearing, allow them to control their fertility with or without the permission of their partners and enable sexual…

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