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Primary Sources: Feminists' Declaration about the Pill

The press release feminists issued in response to the 1970 Senate hearings on the Pill had a homemade look, with a hand-drawn pill dispenser, the statement "labor donated" and the women's power symbol drawn in at the bottom.

WOMEN'S LIBERATION Press Release

MEN: TAKE THIS PILL NOW. THINK ABOUT IT CIRCULATING THROUGH YOUR SYSTEM AS YOU LISTEN TO THE REST OF THESE HEARINGS.

CAUTION: THIS PILL MAY CAUSE:

  • cancer of cervix, uterus, breast
  • stroke
  • high blood pressure
  • blood clots
  • loss of hair
  • sterility
  • vaginitis
  • genetic defects
  • loss of libido
  • diabetes
  • depression
  • and about 40 other side effects

WHY are no women testifying?

WHY are no women on the subcommittee?

WHY is the profitable relationship between doctors and drug companies whitewashed by the press and in these hearings?

WHY are drug companies deliberately witholding available information on side effects?

WHY is it safer for a man to go to the moon than for a WOMAN to take the pill?

WHY is our government's solution to world hunger to control population rather than the redistribution of resources?

WHY are these hearings not discussing the issue of abortion on demand? *

WHAT kind of reparations will be made by the white male medical establishment to women who have been used as guinea pigs in this mass experiment?

We are not opposed to oral contraceptives for men or for women. We are opposed to unsafe contraceptives foisted on uninformed women for the profit of the drug and medical indistries and for the convenience of men.

Washington Women's Liberation
P.O. Box 13098
"T" Street Station
Washington, DC 20009

*3 deaths/yr./100,000 women on pill from embolisms alone.

0.4 deaths/yr./100,000 women on other contraceptives supplemented with safe abortion on demand.



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