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some cases, as Dr. Robinson has so clearly pointed out in the above
quotation; but the relations in such cases would exist in either event.
Fear of conception, like fear of infection, has never, and will never
entirely prevent illicit relations between men and women; and to oppose
scientific information in the one case on these grounds, is as futile as
to oppose scientific treatment in the other case on the same grounds.
And when it is considered how society in general is injured by the
withholding of such information or treatment, respectively, the argument
in favor of such suppression of scientific truth and method is seen to
be actually dangerous to society and sub-service of the public good.
I would like to add a few words concerning the question of morality in
the matter of practicing scientific Birth Control. To me what I shall
say in the succeeding paragraphs of this chapter have a vital bearing on
the whole subject, and should be taken into serious consideration by the
fair-minded and conscientious student of the subject. Here follows my
thought in the matter:
In my consideration of the arguments against scientific Birth Control I
am impressed with one particular thought which refuses to be silenced,
but which insists upon persistently presenting itself to my
consciousness. This particular thought may be expressed as follows: It
is admitted by unprejudiced students of the subject that the educated
and cultured portions of the civilized countries of modern times do
actually practice, to some extent, in some form, manner, or degree, the
limitation of offspring--no honest observer will dispute this statement.
This being so, does it not seem that the race should fairly and
squarely, honestly and frankly, face this question and decide whether or
not such rules of conduct are "right" or "wrong"--"moral" or
"immoral"--and to what extent, if any, they should be permitted or
encouraged to be practiced toward the ends of individual and race
happiness and betterment.
If the decision is totally against this rule of conduct, then it should
be vigorously denounced, and all honest people should refrain from it.
If, on the contrary, the decision should be that this mode of conduct,
or some phases of it, are justified, then, in the name of Honesty and
Truth, let us turn on the full light of general information, knowledge,
and instruction on the subject, under the full protection of the laws
and public opinion. Why should we not throw aside the mask of cowardly
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