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hypocrisy, and stand before the world showing ourselves as just what we
My thought, in essence, is that the chief "wrong," and "immorality"
about the whole matter consists in our present practice of doing one
thing in private, and condemning the same thing in public. There can be
no excuse, to the intellectually honest person at least, for the course
of tacitly holding that a certain thing is "all right for us," while
"all wrong for the other folks."
IS IT INJURIOUS TO HEALTH? It is sometimes urged against Birth Control
that the use of contraceptive methods is injurious to the health of
women, in some cases a long list of physical and mental ills being given
as possible of being caused by such methods. Opposed to this is the
contention of the members of the medical profession who have arrayed
themselves on the side of scientific Birth Control. The latter
authorities positively contradict the assertion that women's health is
injured by the practice of rational and scientific methods of Birth
Control; although these authorities freely admit, in fact they CLAIM,
that certain unscientific methods and practices popular among certain
persons--such as the use of certain chemicals and mechanical
appliances--undoubtedly have resulted in physical harm, and they
strongly advise against the use of such bunglesome methods.
One of the leading medical advocates of scientific Birth Control in the
United States throws down the gauntlet squarely before those of his
profession, and others, who urge this objection to scientific Birth
Control, in the following challenging words: "I challenge any physician,
any gynecologist, to bring forth A SINGLE AUTHENTICATED CASE in which
disease or injury resulted from the use of modern methods of prevention.
I know they cannot do it." And others in the ranks of the medical
profession have made similar assertions and claims. The unprejudiced
person who will consult the best medical authorities on the subject will
unquestionably agree that the best medical opinion of the day holds that
scientific Birth Control is not in fairness to be open to this
IS BIRTH CONTROL UNNATURAL? Another favorite argument of the opponents
of scientific Birth Control is the broad statement and claim that "all
voluntary attempts to limit procreation are unnatural," and therefore
wrong. This objection, while usually offered without any particular
argument, explanation, or proof, must be carefully and honestly met and
answered by the fair-minded advocate of Birth Control.
In the first place, it may as well be admitted that regulation,
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