'The Pill' Turns 60 But Access Still Lacking Worldwide

May 07, 2020 07:24 PM
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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.