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upon the fact that a scientific knowledge of Birth Control would
practically obviate the state of broken-down health so common among
married women, particularly among those who have been compelled to bear
large numbers of children during the first few years of married life.
Many a young married woman is in bad health--often reaching the state of
chronic invalidism--as the result of having had to bear too many
children, and in too close succession.
Not only is the above the case, but there is to be found on all sides
many cases of invalidism and shattered health caused by the horrible
practice of criminal abortion. It is doubted whether anyone outside of
medical circles can even faintly begin to realize the frequency of this
practice of abortion among the well-to-do, and those in "comfortable
circumstances"--not to speak of the countless deaths which arise from
the prevalence of this curse. Were a physician to even faintly indicate
the number of cases coming under his personal professional attention, in
which the patient is suffering from the effects of one or more
abortions, he would be accused of gross exaggeration, and would be
condemned as a sensationalist.
Without going into detail concerning these things, the writer states
that it is a matter of common knowledge among physicians that in every
large city there are thousands of unscrupulous (including those who call
themselves physicians) who are kept busy every week in the year
performing criminal operations designed to produce abortions. Some of
these practitioners have many regular patients--women who visit them
regularly for the purpose of having abortions produced by criminal
operations. It seems almost incredible, but it is a veritable fact, that
there are to be found many women in the large cities who actually boast
to their friends of the number of operations of this kind they have had
performed on them.
Surely, any instruction which would prevent the physical breakdown of so
many women by reason of excessive child-bearing on the one hand, and
abortion on the other hand, would seem to be worthy of the hearty
support of society, and the encouragement of its laws, rather than the
reverse. So true does this seem, that it is difficult to realize that
there are any intelligent persons who would condemn such instruction as
evil and harmful to society. That such persons do exist is a striking
proof of the persistence of ancient superstitions and the survival and
tenacity of old prejudices.
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