Margaret Sanger Anticipated Hobby Lobby (Sort Of)
I wrote this piece for the Ms. magazine blog. Here’s the beginning. To read the whole thing, click here.
Two decisions in the past two weeks by the Supreme Court offer sharp reminders that while Americans and even American businesses have long embraced birth control, the law has not.
Two weeks ago, the nation’s highest court struck down restrictions that had created protest-free buffer zones near abortion clinics. Soon after, the court ruled that government can not require “closely held” business to provide employees with birth control.
When Sanger, the crusading feminist, and Pincus, a biologist, got together in the early 1950s to begin development of the world’s first oral contraceptive, knowledge of the government’s opposition guided their every step. They viewed themselves as populist rebels, armed with the strong belief that Americans were ready for change even the law wasn’t. To bring about that change, they knew they would first have to outsmart the establishment, appeal to the general public and . . .
Read the rest of the piece here.