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Gandhi and Pope Paul united by opposition to birth control


Here is your starter question for 10 points. In 1972, which court convicted a man for handing out a contraceptive device to students at a lecture about contraception? Answer: the Massachusetts Superior Court, later confirmed by the State Supreme Judicial Court.

How is this possible? Isn't Massachusetts the most liberal state in America and hadn't the US Supreme Court quashed Connecticut's ban on contraception five years earlier? Maybe some kind of residual Catholic influence was at work, what with all those Irish Catholics in Boston. Yes, that's right, it was those horrible Catholics again.

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