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Birth Control Pill #240385

CBS Evening News for Friday, May 09, 1975
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(Studio) 15 years ago, FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved birth control pill.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) Pill most widely used means of contraception; % of married pill users of 1965 and 1970 compared. Families not having as many babies; sociologists say birth control key factor. Fertility rates for women compared in 1960, 1965, 1970, 1974. [Dorothy FINGER - says it's her choice if she decides to have baby.] Dorothy has been taking pill for 8 years; family of 3 carefully planned. [Ken FINGER - says spacing their family has permitted Dorothy to work intermittently; financially and psychologically, arrangement has worked well.] Most religious groups favor pill or are neutral; Catholic church still opposes all forms of contraception except rhythm system, but substantial number of Catholic women use pill. More and more young people use pill also. [high school SENIOR - says most girls her age have intercourse with boy friends but aren't ready for marriage or families; birth control pill is answer for many.] Studies underway to determine any ill effects of birth control pills.
REPORTER: David Culhane

Cronkite, Walter;
Culhane, David

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