Thalia Cassuto Remembers When Birth Control Became Legal. She’s Fighting to Keep It That Way.
NEW YORK ― Thalia Cassuto, 86, remembers when birth control was banned in some states.
She can still picture herself in 1955, 25 years old and walking up the stairs of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Queens to get her first diaphragm. Birth control was legal in New York at the time, but not in neighboring Connecticut.
“In those days, if you did it before you were married, you had to really hide it,” she said.
Cassuto, then a third-grade teacher, said she was “still growing up” in her mid-twenties and wanted to take some time to focus on her career before becoming a mother. “I was out to be certain I was a professional and good at what I was doing before I was going to go home and have children,” she said.