Medicine: The Pills

The directions to doctors say that the pills are offered to treat many menstrual disorders: "habitual or threatened abortion," and to "establish conditions conducive to pregnancy" in many cases of infertility. All this is true. But the pills do more: used on a precise schedule, they prevent conception, without intolerable side effects, and, beginning this week, at moderate cost. "Oral contraception," says a doctor in the Journal of the American Medical Association, "has become an accomplished fact." As an accomplished fact, its potentials are vast. In the U.S., oral contraception could, for...

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