Bitter pill for Muslim women

In May, "The Pill" celebrated its 50th anniversary and counted up enormous accomplishments in terms of improved women's health, falling birth mortality and improved professional and personal status for women, not to mention sexual satisfaction. But in the 50 years since it was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in the United States and swept much of the planet, the lack of birth control methods in the Muslim world – and a misconception that birth control is forbidden by Islam -- have prevented many women from controlling their family size.

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