Contraceptives Unlimited 1978

At a time when it was still illegal to sell contraceptives in Ireland, a shop doing just that has opened in Dublin.

On 28 November 1978, a RTÉ News report from Dublin's first contraceptive shop 'Contraceptives Unlimited', which is run by the Contraception Action Programme (CAP). CAP was set up by a number of organisations including the Women's Advisory Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU),  family planning companies and a number of women's groups who came together on the family planning issue.

Reporter George Devlin talks to Anne Speed, who works at the shop about contraceptives and their availability. Speed says that the availability of contraception will not be restricted by marital status. Speed states that "people have the right to engage in sexual activity irrespective of their age or their marital status".

Contraceptives Unlimited Dublin 1978Condoms on sale at 'Contraceptives Unlimited', Harcourt Road, Dublin in 1978.

Contraceptives have been available in Ireland since 1969 from clinics that provide family planning advice. While clinics do not sell contraceptives, customers are expected to give a donation. The CAP shop sells contraceptives, apart from prescription contraceptives. In openly breaking the law CAP hope to expose the hypocrisy of the law, which states that it is legal to buy contraceptives but illegal to sell them. Profits from the shop are being used to fund the legal costs to establish the constitutional right of clinics to sell contraceptives.

A RTÉ News report by George Devlin from 28 November, 1978.

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