Creator of Birth Control Pill Dead at 91

DjerassiSAN FRANCISCO (AP) Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died.

Djerrasi died of complications of cancer Friday in his San Francisco home, Stanford University spokesman Dan Stober said. He was 91.

Djerassi, a professor emeritus of chemistry at Stanford, was most famous for leading a research team in Mexico City that in 1951 developed norethindrone, a synthetic molecule that became a key component of the first birth control pill.

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  • Steve Clark

    Not sure why this story was run. Are you mourning the loss of the man who gave Protestants their version of family planning?

  • Carmen Hill Wathen

    So many lives lost. Doctors were taking the babies away from their mothers, LORD. They knew what they were doing. God knows what he is doing as well.

    • dark477

      No lives were lost since no lives were created or do you also consider male masturbation murder?

    • Guest

      No lives were lost, though, and people choose to take birth control.

  • haas

    They knew and they lied to us. I wonder in Gods world how many babies will stand as witnesses against the man.

    • dark477

      Birth control prevents pregnancy so no babies.

      • haas

        Read the science. It keeps the fertilized egg from adhering to womb the egg is then terminated. Maybe not a Baby of sorts but it draws us into the discussion what is Gods opinion. Some day we will all find out

        • April J

          That’s not the primary goal, though. The primary goal is to prevent ovulation, therefore no babies. If someone doesn’t take the pill correctly and they do end up ovulating, an egg could be fertilized, and what you’re referring to could happen. But that’s not in every case. In most cases a baby does, in fact, happen.

        • April J

          Also, the pill is also a very effective medication in treating medical conditions that affect women. It can reduce PMS symptoms and help with a variety of really uncomfortable conditions. Not every person that takes the pill is intent on killing these babies of which you speak.