Demographics

According to the Population Council, the number of women using the pill:

Between 1960 and 1965 [1]

The percentage of married women using the pill increased by almost 16%

 

Between 1965 and 1969 [2]

Date

Number of Oral Contraceptive Prescriptions

January, 1965

4 Million

January, 1966

5 Million

June, 1966

5.5 Million

January, 1969

8.5 Million

The number of women (not limited by age or marital status) using the Pill increased by over 50% in just four years

 

Catholics using the Pill [3]:

 

Year

Percentage of women using un-sanctioned methods of birth control

1955

30%

1970

68%

The number of white Catholic Wives who were reportedly using unapproved methods of contraception increased between 1955 and 1970

 

Birth Rate:

According to the National Center for Health Statistics [4], the birth rates as the Pill became more widely used were as follows:

Birth Rates (# of births/1,000 population)

 

1957

25.3

1960

23.7

1965

19.4

1970

18.4

2000

14.4

The birth rate declined since the pill was approved in 1957 (to treat menstrual disorders), and even more quickly once it was approved for contraceptive use. 

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