March 22 is the anniversary of Baird v. Eisenstadt, his 1972 U.S.
Supreme Court decision that legalized
birth control for unmarried persons, and was quoted six times in Roe v. Wade
(legalizing abortion) the following year.
1965 - Baird was the first to lead a demonstration outside of St. Patrick's
Cathedral in NY City to protest the Catholic Church's anti-birth control interference.
1967 - Baird led march against Catholic Church saying
"no religion has a right to impose its dogma on others."
1974 - The Catholic Church denied baptism to a baby in Marlborough, Massachusetts because
the mother refused to denounce Bill Baird as the devil. (Covered by Time, Newsweek, etc.)
1976, 1979 - Supreme Court cases (Baird v. Bellotti I and Baird v. Bellotti
II) won the right of teenagers to have abortions without parental veto.
The Supreme Court said, "The Bill of Rights never said 'for adults only'.
1978 - Baird created the first clinic defense manual.
1979 - Baird's clinic was firebombed with 50 people inside.
His staff caught Peter Burkin, the terrorist who was given less than two years
in a mental institution.
1980 - Baird sued the FBI for refusing to investigate firebombings of abortion