I have a great deal of respect for Barbara Seaman. Here’s her obit in the New York Times. Not terribly popular to decry the Pill, but she did so consistently on behalf of women, til her death. I also recall how polite she was when she spoke to me, an absolute nobody journalist, when I interviewed her on this subject some nine years ago.
In a career that lasted four decades, Ms. Seaman would remain best known for bringing women’s health to the forefront of the national consciousness. In an interview with The New York Times in 1998, the 40th anniversary of the birth control pill, she spoke about its long history:
“It may be the most-studied pill we have,” Ms. Seaman said, “but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need more study. There’s an awful lot we still don’t know. There’s still a yellow light of caution. It’s blinking a lot more slowly than it was, but it’s still blinking.”