What Melinda Gates Gets Wrong About Birth Control

Melinda Gates’ new book “The Moment of Lift” is subtitled “How Empowering Women Changes the World.” It’s true. Empowering women can change the world. It has changed the world. It’s still changing the world. But not completely in the way she thinks. An entire chapter is dedicated to family planning. It’s called “Every Good Thing.” And just a few …

My First Year Post-Pill

I took the birth control pill for over 10 years, starting when I was 17. I went on the pill, like so many women, because I had irregular and often unmanageable periods. I wasn’t told why I needed the pill – just that the pill would help. And it did, for 10 years. It probably still would …