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Voice of America 11 May 2020

'The Pill' Turns 60 But Access Still Lacking Worldwide


On May 9, 1960, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the world's first commercially produced oral contraceptive. The birth control drug — popularly known as ‘The Pill' — was hailed by supporters as "revolutionary" but 60 years later, insufficient access to the drug and other means of birth control have hampered what many hoped would be a breakthrough for female reproductive rights. VOA's Jesusemen Oni has more.

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