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WHAT BIRTH CONTROL IS, AND IS NOT
The student of the progress of human affairs, or even the average person
whose knowledge of the doings of mankind is derived from a hasty and
casual reading of the daily newspapers and the popular magazines, cannot
plead ignorance of the growing interest in the general subject which is
embraced within the content of the term "Birth Control."
But while the general meaning of the term is at least vaguely grasped by
the average member of the human crowd--the individual to whom we refer
as "the man on the street"--we find a startling condition of mental
confusion and often positive misconception concerning the essence and
spirit of the general idea expressed by the term in question.
While the fact is a reflection upon the average intelligence of the
general public, it must be admitted that to the average person, or "the
man on the street," Birth Control means simply the teaching and practice
of certain methods whereby men and women may indulge their sexual
appetites, in or out of marriage, without incurring the liability or
risk of conception and child-bearing. The average person does not stop
to consider that such teachings and practices do not constitute "Birth
Control" at all, but are, rather, merely the theory and practice of
Birth Prevention, desirable only to those who seek sexual indulgences
without being called upon to shoulder the responsibilities attached by
Nature to the physical sexual union of men and women.
The term "CONTROL" does not mean "prohibition," or "prevention"; but, on
the contrary, means "governing, regulating, or managing influence."
Birth Control, in the true meaning of the term, does not mean the
prevention or prohibition of the birth of children, but rather the
encouragement of the birth of children under the best possible
conditions and the discouragement of the birth of children under
improper or unfavorable conditions.
Birth Control, in the true meaning of the term, does not mean theories
and practices which would tend to reduce the population of the civilized
countries of the world, but rather theories and practice which would
inevitably result in the production of an adequate ratio of increase in
the population of such countries, not only by reason of a normal
birth-rate, but also by reason of a diminishing death-rate among
infants--by the production of healthier children, accompanied by the
raising of the standard of the average child born in such countries.
Birth Control, in the true meaning of the term, therefore, is seen to
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