... the black girls didn't get these pills because their black ministers were up on the pulpit saying that birth control pills were black genocide. What I'm saying is that black men have exploited black women.... They didn't want them to have any choice about their reproductive health. And if you can't control your reproduction, you can't control your life.
Joycelyn Elders (b. 1933), U.S. pediatrician and educator; first woman (and second African American) Surgeon General of the United States. As quoted in the New York Times Magazine, p. 18 (January 30, 1994).
Elders, who was U. S. Surgeon General at the time, was citing one reason white girls were taking birth control pills at a higher rate (and having out-of-wedlock babies at a lower rate) than African American girls.