The pill revolutionised sex and the way women lived their lives. In 1971, just ten years after the pill was introduced in the UK, 47% of babies were born to women under the age of 25. By 2008, this percentage had dropped to 25%.
Childbirth is not a rite of passage. We are not cave men. We have choices. Men do not have to hunt and women do not have to gather berries and breed children. Just because our bodies are built to do something, does not mean we have to pump out children and slay wildlife.
On the other side of the Atlantic, the contraceptive pill is hot topic. This has been sparked by the world's greatest living PR disaster, Rush-'nought to bigot in 30 secs'- Limbaugh calling student Sandra Fluke a 'slut' for her campaign to have medical insurance cover the cost of the pill.
Baroness Warsi's idea that an increased role for religion will lead to a more just society is simply not borne out by the evidence. When religion enters the murky world of politics, all too often, women are the losers.