Obscene knowledge: Irish Family Planning Association 'Family Planning' (1976)

Information about contraception or ‘family planning’ was illegal under the censorship act but weirdly, the censors banned this booklet for being ‘indecent or obscene’. What followed was a lengthy legal battle and a dent in the authority of the mighty censor. With guest, Dr Laura Kelly.

 

‘The IFPA felt there was a huge need for this booklet in Ireland.’

 

‘What’s distinctly Irish about this is there’s no mention of things like abortion or sexual pleasure. You get those in British and American publications of the same time.’

 

‘It’s lovely to think that this little booklet changed so much.’

 

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