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LESSON-1-2
LESSON-3
LESSON-4.1
LESSON-4.2
LESSON-5.1
LESSON-5.2
LESSON-6.1
LESSON-6.2
LESSON-7.1
LESSON-7.2
LESSON-7.3
LESSON-8
LESSON-9
LESSON-10.1
LESSON-10.2
LESSON-11
LESSON-12
LESSON-13.1
LESSON-13.2
LESSON-14
LESSON-15.1
LESSON-15.2
Contraception
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1
CHAPTER-2-3
CHAPTER-4
CHAPTER-5-6
CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18-19

that we are here facing a great and permanent fact in civilized life. 

With every rise in civilization, indeed with all evolutionary progress 

whatever, there is what seems to be an automatic fall in the birth-rate. 

That fall is always normally accompanied by a fall in the death-rate, so 

that a low birth-rate frequently means a high rate of natural increase, 

since most of the children born survive. 

 

Thus in the civilized world of today, notwithstanding the low birth-rate 

which prevails as compared with earlier times, the rate of increase in 

the population is still appalling--nearly half a million a year in Great 

Britain, over a million in Austro-Hungary, and three-quarters of a 

million in Germany. When we examine this excess of births in detail we 

find among them a large proportion of undesired and undesirable 

children. There are two alternative methods working to diminish this 

proportion: the method of regulating conception under the methods of 

scientific Birth Control, or the bungling substitutes for the same, on 

the one hand, and the method of preventing live births after conception 

by means of the abominable practice of abortion. 

 

There can be no doubt about the enormous extension of the practice of 

abortion in all civilized countries, even although some of the 

extravagant estimates of its frequency in countries, the United States 

for example, be discarded as unwarranted. The burden of bearing 

excessive children on the overworked and underfed mothers of the working 

classes becomes at last so intolerable that almost anything seems better 

than another child. As a woman in Yorkshire once said to an English 

investigator of this evil: "I'd rather swallow the druggist's shop and 

the man in it, than have another kid." 

 

A community which takes upon itself the responsibility of encouraging 

abortion lays itself open to severe criticism. And it must be admitted 

that just as all those who work for Birth Control are really diminishing 

the frequency of abortion, so every attempt to discourage Birth Control 

promotes abortion. We have to approach this problem calmly, in the light 

of Nature and reason. We have each of us to decide on which side to 

range ourselves. For it is a vital problem concerning which we cannot 

afford to be indifferent. 

 

There is no desire here to exaggerate the importance of Birth Control. 

It is not a royal road to the millennium of the race; and like all other 

measures which the course of progress forces us to adopt, it has its 

disadvantages. But fairness and honest thought should admit freely that 


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