Birth control pills, n.d.
The reproductive rights pioneer Bill Baird (1932– ) has been jailed eight times during half a century of activism to ensure women’s access to birth control and abortion. These pills from Baird’s collection represent victory in the 1972 Supreme Court case Eisenstadt v. Baird. The case stemmed from his high-profile arrest for violating Massachusetts obscenity laws by giving contraceptive foam and a condom to a 19-year-old woman after a lecture at Boston University. Until this ruling, birth control pills and other contraceptives could be prescribed by doctors or distributed by pharmacists to married people only.
Bill Baird Papers, Schlesinger Library
Learn more about the arrival of Bill Baird’s papers at the Library.