There was a time when neither birth control nor the use of abortifacents in the first trimester (until you felt the baby move) were considered a big deal. Granted, medical technology was not that advanced, so they either didn't work too well, or killed the mother. However, all were perfectly legal, and available over the counter.
Then came the Comstock Laws. Suddenly, it was a felony to distribute information about contraceptives through the mails. In other words, while wealthy women could still get birth control (and abortifacents) through their doctors, poor women who had relied on mail-order birth control were seven different types of screwed.
Then along came Margaret Sanger. Yes, she was a bigot and an advocate for eugenics. However, when she opened the first birth-control clinic in 1914, her clients didn't care. There was a line around the block. Of course, her Planned Parenthood clinic was shut down, thanks again to Mr. Comstock. The sections of the Comstock Laws dealing with contraceptives were repealed in 1936.
Of course, between the Pill, Planned Parenthood and the Internet, most of these laws are now irrelevant. Or are they?
Recently, several states, including Mississippi and Colorado, passed or attempted to pass laws declaring that life begins at conception, and that a fetus is a person. Note the term "conception," not "implantation." If a zygote does not implant, for natural reasons or due to artificial means, you ain't gettin' pregnant, lady. Unfortunately, this would have two unintended consequences. One: it would make certain types of birth control (such as the IUD) illegal. Two, what about all the conceived embryos taking up space in fertility clinics that were never implanted? Are they meant to sit in cold storage forever? Does this mean that if a doctor chooses to destroy them after a certain number of years, that he could be convicted for mass murder?
Other states, such as Arizona, have made it legal for an employer to fire anyone who uses their company health insurance to pay for contraceptives. That's a great idea! After all, it's not like married people use birth control! I mean, it's not like the lawmakers who came up with this idea want to cut back on maternity leave, healthcare, or assistance to families with small children. What? They think those should be cut? So, in other words, women should just play Russian roulette with their bodies and finances for the rest of their fertile years. Good idea!