Rethinking the Pill

Carl Djerassi is having second thoughts about the pill. That’s not so unusual. Lots of couples start out their marriage using it and later decide to toss it in exchange for the possibility that sex might lead to conception. But Djerassi’s different. He’s the guy who invented the pill.

More accurately, Djerassi is the Austrian chemist who co-created the earliest version of it. With the benefit of hindsight, he’s dismayed at the way his version of contraception has made it possible to disconnect sex and children. Not to mention the way Austria’s populaion is plummeting. Now he’s on a mission to help Austrians who “freely contracept … wake up” to the downside of their actions.

Apparently it’s not enough to “enjoy their schnitzels while leaving the rest of the world to get on with it.”

Exactly.