Fewer and Better Babies: Or, The Limitation of Offspring by the Prevention of Conception; the Enormous Benefits of the Practice to the Individual Society and the Race Pointed Out and All Objections Answered

Critic and Guide Company, 1915 - 245 sider
"The author of this new book was good enough to remind me of a few passages contained in my Presidential address delivered before the American Medical Association at its meeting in Atlantic City, in 1912. I asked the question whether there was no way to prevent those who were born into this world from becoming incompetent both physically and mentally. That seemed almost impossible as long as the riches provided by nature and industry were accessible to a part of the nation only. That was why it became an irresistible suggestion that only a certain number of infants should be born. Indeed as long as even the well to do limit the number of their offspring, the advice given the poor, or those to whom the raising of a large family is a task of difficulty or impossibility, to limit the number of their children--even the healthy ones--is more than merely excusable. The case is worse when unhealthy, sick, sickly or infected and contagious children are born. Such an occurrence is a misfortune to the newcomer, to his parents and to society. The least that must be demanded is a clean bill of health. That is why I have often praised clergymen for good citizenship who refuse to marry couples without such a clean bill of health; and the health departments should see to it that contagious sexual diseases should be reported, watched and cured. Nor is this all. Hereditary influences propagate epilepsy, idiocy, feeblemindedness and criminality. Persons thus affected must not be permitted to propagate their ailments. This should be manifestly self evident. The contrary should be declared detrimental to the welfare of the commonwealth and punishable. But this book treats of the subject from many more points of view. The congestion of the population has proved dangerous even when the nation consists of normally average individuals, originally healthy and competent. Hunger, neglect, poverty and chronic ailment have caused and will continue to cause the appearance of malthusians and neomalthusians, and the question whether a family may be large or ought to be small, will always be asked again and again. There is only one country in which that question is regarded with hypocritical sneers, that country is ours; there is only one country in which a man and woman must not think of framing their own future, and constructing their fate and that of their born or unborn children--that is the land of the "free""--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).

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Side 159 - Yet there are abundance of writers and public speakers, including many of the most ostentatious pretentions to high feeling, whose views of life are so truly brutish that they see hardship in preventing paupers from breeding hereditary paupers in the workhouse itself. Posterity will one day ask with astonishment, what sort of people it could be among whom such preachers could find proselytes.
Side 229 - And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. 10 And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also.
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Side 144 - Whoever shall knowingly deposit or cause to be deposited, for mailing or delivery, anything declared by this section to be nonmailable matter...
Side 2 - He must remember that, while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future ; and that his thoughts are as children born to him, which he may not carelessly let die.
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Side 214 - It produced," says Spencer in his "Principles of Biology," "the original diffusion of the race. It compelled men to abandon predatory habits and take to agriculture. It led to the clearing of the earth's surface. It forced men into the social state; made social organization inevitable ; and has developed the social sentiments. It has stimulated to progressive improvement in production, and to increased skill and intelligence.
Side 232 - If, above all, it were once clearly understood that it was not disreputable for married persons to avail themselves of such precautionary means as would, without being injurious to health, or destructive of female delicacy, prevent conception, a sufficient check might at once be given to the increase of population beyond the means of subsistence ; vice and misery, to a prodigious extent, might be removed from society, and the object of Mr.
Side 214 - From the beginning, pressure of population has been the proximate cause of progress. It produced the original diffusion of the race. It compelled men to abandon predatory habits and take to agriculture. It led to the clearing of the Earth's surface. It forced men into the social state ; made social organization inevitable ; and has developed the social sentiments. It has stimulated to progressive improvements in production, and to increased skill and intelligence.

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