Medicine: The Pros and Cons of the Pill

SINCE oral contraceptives were introduced for general prescription in 1961, at least 10 million U.S. women have taken them; about 7,000,000 are using them now. Despite the natural assumption that such popularity must be deserved, the Pill has provoked an almost equally strong countercurrent of opposition and denunciation. Anti-Pill crusaders demand that it be taken off the market, claiming that it is killing scores if not hundreds of American women every year, maiming ten times as many and making others infertile. More than a hundred lawsuits are pending against manufacturers.

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