In 1916, Margaret Sanger opens the first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York. Ten days later, police raid it and shut down operations. Sanger received a month jail time under the Comstock Laws, which banned contraceptives and forbid family planning literature from circulating through the mail. In 1938, Sanger went to court yet again, and the judge ruled in favor of decriminalizing birth control, dissolving the repressive Comstock statutes.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan cuts ties with anti-abortion crusader Frank Pavone
Rev. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, left, leads a prayer beside Rev. Patrick Mahoney right, in front of the Supreme Court, as they support businesses challenging the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday (March 25). RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks