20th FEBRUARY ~ HiSTORY ON THiS DAY

February 20th ~ This Day in History video by History.com ~ 1985: The Irish government defied the powerful Catholic Church and approved the sale of contraceptives on the 20th February 1985. Up until 1979, Irish law prohibited the importation and sale of contraceptives. In a 1973 case, McGee v. The Attorney General, the Irish Supreme Court found that a constitutional right to marital privacy covered the use of contraceptives. Pressured by strong conservative forces in Irish society, and the Roman Catholic Church, the government was slow to change the law to reflect the court’s decision, and a number of proposed bills failed before reaching the books. | & see more about history on this day in the video…