Today in Feminist History: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists On Board for Birth Control (April 23, 1963)

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April 23, 1963: A major advance today in the fight for birth control, as the prestigious American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists officially endorsed giving contraceptive information to those who want it.

The national battle over birth control has been raging for half a century now, and it was said today that the long delay in the 12-year-old organization’s endorsement was caused by the fact that so many ACOG members who are Catholic (presently about a quarter) opposed endorsing birth control, and the other members didn’t feel strongly enough about the issue to push the resolution through until now. 

Today, however, an endorsement not only passed, but apparently did so without dissent in a closed-door meeting. The group’s president, Dr. George E. Judd, of Los Angeles, said the “emotionalism” surrounding the issue in the past seems to have died down….

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