Last updated on: 6/4/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Bill Baird Biography

Title:
Pro-Choice Activist
Position:
Pro to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“Far more important than law suits, the ACLU is a teaching instrument. The ACLU is part of the social fabric, it teaches America what civil rights are all about.”

ProCon.org phone interview with Bill Baird, Aug. 01, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Other
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder, Pro Choice League and Co-Director with his wife Joni Baird
  • Recipient, Brown University’s chapter of the ACLU, award for his work on behalf of abortion rights, 1998
  • His Supreme Court case Baird v. Eisenstadt legalized birth control for single people and was cited 6 times in Roe V. Wade, 1972
  • Arrested and threatened with jail time for “corrupting the mind of people under 18” after he showed a diaphragm in public at a lecture at which a 14 month old child was present. Was successfully defended by the ACLU, 1971
  • Arrested in Massachussetts and convicted of a felony for showing a diaphragm and for giving one condom and a contraceptive foam to an unmarried minor female student at a lecture about the benefits of abortion and birth control to 2,500 students at Boston University, 1967
  • Established Nation’s First Abortion Referral Center, 1964
  • Clinical Director for EMKO vaginal foam, 1963
Education:
  • BS, Brooklyn College
Other:
  • Appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Face The Nation, Donahue, Geraldo, CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Kurault, and many other TV & radio shows
  • Arrested and jailed eight times in five states (NY, NJ, WI, MA, VA), and had two attempts on his life due to his pro-choice activism
  • His abortion clinic was firebombed with 50 people inside, 1979
Quoted in:
  1. Does the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA), Protecting Fetal Rights, Threaten Abortion Rights?
  2. Is the ACLU Good for America?