(image from 10.14.1972 edition of the Dispatch)
In October of 1972, Dr. Mary Calderone, the Executive Director of SIECUS New York, wrote to correct Ann Landers on her assertion that birth control is only effective if “you hold the pill between your knees at all times”
Dr. Calderone writes:
Dear Ann Landers: You, of all people, could have done a lot better with that answer to those teen-agers from Tennessee who wanted to know if birth control pills are 100 percent effective. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read your reply—“Yes, if you hold the pill between your knees at all times”
Those girls said they were 15 and 16 years of age, and this is certainly old enough to be told the facts. I’m sure you know the pill comes as close to being 100 percent foolproof as any birth control device we know of. It is usually harmless but because it can produce side effects in some people it should be prescribed by a physician.