Tuesday, April 18, 2017
#AtoZChallenge Oral Contraceptives
Back then, it was known as THE PILL.
After the baby-boom, was there any wonder, that something HAD to be done? The baby-boom didn't just happen in the US. The first pill was introduced in 1960.
United Kingdom 1946–1974
New Zealand 1946–1961
Family size increased - the average woman bore 3.09 children in 1950 which increased to 3.65 children per family in 1960; the peak was in 1957, when the figure stood at 3.77. Most women became pregnant with their first child within seven months of their wedding; between 1940 and 1960, the number of families with three children doubled and the number of families having a fourth child quadrupled.
My folks had 2 daughters - and my dad had 1 son. We were considered a small family. Most of my friends, back then had a minimum of 4 kids. One family I knew had 10.
In a landmark decision, GRISWOLD V. CONNECTICUT (1965), the Supreme Court ruled such laws were unconstitutional. Setting a precedent, the Court determined that a fundamental right to privacy exists between the lines of the Constitution. Laws prohibiting contraceptive choice violated this sacred right. The ban of prohibitive laws was extended to unmarried couples in EISENSTADT V. BAIRD (1972). A federal judge imparted the right to purchase contraceptives to unmarried minors in 1974.
Top Songs of 1956
1."Memories Are Made of This" ... Dean Martin
2."Rock and Roll Waltz" ... Kay Starr
3."Lisbon Antigua" ... Nelson Riddle
4."Poor People of Paris" ... Les Baxter
5."Heartbreak Hotel" ... Elvis Presley
6."The Wayward Wind" ... Gogi Grant
7."I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" ... Elvis Presley
8."My Prayer" ... The Platters
9."Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" ... Elvis Presley
10."Love Me Tender" ... Elvis Presley
Top Movies of 1956
1. Guys and Dolls -
2. The King and I
4. High Society
5. I'll Cry Tomorrow
7. War and Peace
8. The Eddy Duchin Story
9. Moby Dick
10. The Searchers
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