On the Question of My Genius

Someone asked me the other day if I planned it this way? Did I time the release of my book on the invention of the birth-control pill to coincide with the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, with the closing of clinics in Texas, and with the announcement by the pope that he would reconsider some of the Catholic Church’s positions on family planning?

The answer is yes, of course I planned it. I knew there would be controversy at the time of my book’s release just as surely as the author of a solar system book knows there will be sunrises to coincide with his publication.  (“The Birth of the Pill” will be available Oct. 13, but you can pre-order now here or at your local store.)

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It’s sad, I suppose. Sad that we’re still debating whether a woman has a right to control her own body. Sad that a corporation’s right to religious freedom supersedes a woman’s health needs. Sad that five Supreme Court judges let politics get in the way of common sense.

But that’s where we are today. Margaret Sanger thought the pill would lead to true equality for women. It hasn’t happened yet. Until it does, it’s a safe bet that birth control will remain controversial and books such as mine will remain all too timely.

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