1968 Vintage Religious Poster of Pope Paul VI, The Pill is a No-No - Nordahl, David

Date: 1968
Size: 17.5 x 11.5 inches
Notes: Poster, Unlined
Artist: David Nordahl
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About the poster: The use of birth control pills was first approved for use in 1960 in the United States. "The pill," as it is usually called, inhibited fertility, and is often said to be the catalyst for the sexual revolution and the transfer of reproductive power from men to women.

On this poster, we see the Pope Paul VI pointing his finger at the viewer in an authoritative manner, reminiscent of Uncle Sam posters from the early 20th century. Much of the Catholic Church's detailed doctrines derive from the principle that "sexual pleasure is morally disordered when sought for itself, isolated from its procreative and unitive purposes". Therefore, using a contraceptive such as the Pill would be counter to the Catholic ideology, and discouraged (or forbidden) by the Pope. This poster was meant to remind women that it is wrong to use the Pill, according to the Church.