— What a difference a little pill has made in the lives of the thousands of woman who have taken oral birth control since it began available 50 years ago. When msnbc.com asked readers to share how the Pill affected them, some women said it allowed them to live their lives on their terms — to marry and have children because they wanted to, not because they had to. Others say some men seemed to feel the pill absolved them of the responsibility of birth control and so if a woman became pregnant anyhow, she was on her own.
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I was 35 when I found out I was pregnant. I was gainfully employed, had a home, and health insurance, and single! Somehow, I was to 'blame'! I was only a year out from cancer treatments so I was unable to be on any 'pill', according to my doctors. The father was fully aware of that fact, even so he was completely 'off the hook'! He was also 35, and gainfully employed and not willing to step up. I had my son and became a happy, single mom. He will be 8 on Mother's Day! I married his daddy 3 years ago and we could not be happier! Why did the creation of the pill take away all the responsibilities of the men?? I love my little family, but often I wonder why men are now raised to believe it's ALWAYS the woman's responsibility?? That's what the pill did for women.
— Kristine Brody, Orlando, Fla.
I was put on the pill as a teen by my pediatrician, without any say in the matter. I was told it was for my own good as I had irregular cycles. The pill taught me to view my fertility as a disease. I stayed on it believing fertility must be controlled, and suppressed. It was the enemy. When I met my husband, he was concerned about by long term health on the pill. I ran, ate organic and lived as naturally as possible. Therefore, I had to start viewing my body as healthy and beautifully created. Why would I take a pill with so many side effects every day, during my entire reproductive life? I have found the Creighton Model of Family Planning. It is healthy, natural and accurate. There was help for my polycystic ovaries and best of all the couple uses it TOGETHER to plan their family. We have used it for 12 years. Maybe our boomer parents thought the pill empowered them? But after living through their failed marriages, "free love", abortions, and absentee parenting, I can see it actually enslaved women as objects to be used. We are determined to do things differently; healthier and more naturally.