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Bill Baird Biography

Pro-Choice Activist
Pro to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"

“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.” phone interview with Bill Baird, Aug. 01, 2006

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
  • BS, Brooklyn College
  • 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?