How an 1870s law spurred contraceptive entrepreneurship

01/4/2013 | Slate

The U.S. passed The Comstock Act, which targeted supposedly immoral products, in 1873, but it didn't succeed in preventing the production of birth-control products or other materials. Instead, the act created a black market for such supplies and gave entrepreneurs a chance to enter the market. Eventually, concern about disease turned public opinion against the prohibition on birth control.

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