The Morality of Birth Control | Figures of Speech


The one issue upon which there seems to be
most uncertainty and disagreement exists in the moral side of the subject of Birth Control. Is over-population a menace to the peace of
the world? Would the legal dissemination of scientific
Birth Control information be the most logical method of checking the problem of over-population? Would knowledge of Birth Control change the
moral attitude of men and women toward the marriage bond or lower the moral standards
of the youth of the country? Do you believe that knowledge which enables
parents to limit the families will make for human happiness, and raise the moral, social
and intellectual standards of population? When one speaks of moral, one refers to human
conduct. This implies action of many kinds, which in turn depends upon the mind and the
brain. We know that every advance that woman has
made in the last half century has been made with opposition, all of which has been based upon the grounds of immorality. When women fought for higher education, it was said that this would cause her to become immoral and she would lose her place in the sanctity of
the home. When women asked for the franchise it was said that this would lower her standard
of morals, that it was not fit that she should meet with and mix with the members of the
opposite sex, but we notice that there was no objection to her meeting with the same
members of the opposite sex when she went to church. The church has ever opposed the progress of
woman on the ground that her freedom would lead to immorality. We ask the church to have
more confidence in women. We ask the opponents of this movement to reverse the methods of
the church, which aims to keep women moral by keeping them in fear and in ignorance,
and to inculcate into them a higher and truer morality based upon knowledge. And ours is
the morality of knowledge. If we cannot trust woman with the knowledge of her own body,
then I claim that two thousand years of Christian teaching has proved to be a failure. We stand on the principle that Birth Control
should be available to every adult man and woman. We believe that every adult man and
woman should be taught the responsibility and the right use of knowledge. We claim that
woman should have the right over her own body and to say if she shall or if she shall not
be a mother, as she sees fit. We further claim that the first right of a child is to be desired.
While the second right is that it should be conceived in love, and the third, that it
should have a heritage of sound health. There are laws in this country which forbid the imparting of practical information
to the mothers of the land. We claim that every mother in this country has the right
to the best, the safest, the most scientific information. Our first step is to have the backing of the
medical profession so that our laws may be changed, so that motherhood may be the function
of dignity and choice, rather than one of ignorance and chance. Conscious control of
offspring is now becoming the ideal and the custom in all civilized countries. Those who
oppose it claim that however desirable it may be on economic or social grounds, it may
be abused and the morals of the youth of the country may be lowered. Such people should
be reminded that there are two points to be considered. First, that such control is the
inevitable advance in civilization. Every civilization involves an increasing forethought
for others, even for those yet unborn. The reckless abandonment of the impulse of the
moment and the careless regard for the consequences, is not morality. In the second place, it is not only inevitable,
but it is right to control the size of the family for by this control and adjustment
we can raise the level and the standards of the human race. While Nature’s way of reducing
her numbers is controlled by disease, famine and war, primitive man has achieved the same
results by infanticide, exposure of infants, the abandonment of children, and by abortion.
But such ways of controlling population is no longer possible for us. We have attained
high standards of life, and along the lines of science must we conduct such control. We
must begin farther back and control the beginnings of life. We must control conception. This
is a better method, it is a more civilized method, for it involves not only greater forethought
for others, but finally a higher sanction for the value of life itself. Society is divided into three groups. Those
intelligent and wealthy members of the upper classes who have obtained knowledge of Birth
Control and exercise it in regulating the size of their families. They have already
benefited by this knowledge, and are today considered the most respectable and moral
members of the community. They have only children when they desire, and all society points to
them as types that should perpetuate their kind. The second group is equally intelligent and
responsible. They desire to control the size of their families, but are unable to obtain
knowledge or to put such available knowledge into practice. The third are those irresponsible and reckless
ones having little regard for the consequence of their acts, or whose religious scruples
prevent their exercising control over their numbers. Many of this group are diseased,
feeble-minded, and are of the pauper element dependent entirely upon the normal and fit
members of society for their support. There is no doubt in the minds of all thinking people
that the procreation of this group should be stopped. For if they are not able to support
and care for themselves, they should certainly not be allowed to bring offspring into this
world for others to look after. We do not believe that filling the earth with misery,
poverty and disease is moral. And it is our desire and intention to carry on our crusade
until the perpetuation of such conditions has ceased. We desire to stop at its source the disease,
poverty and feeble-mindedness and insanity which exist today, for these lower the standards
of civilization and make for race deterioration. We know that the masses of people are growing
wiser and are using their own minds to decide their individual conduct. The more people
of this kind we have, the less immorality shall exist. For the more responsible people
grow, the higher do they and shall they attain real morality.

6 Replies to “The Morality of Birth Control | Figures of Speech”

  1. Most people, at least in Europe, have that such knowledge although it could be more "explored".
    Anyways, abortion ain't imoral, otherwise it wouldn't be a world solution for weak or uninformed minds.
    This video didn't say shit any1 didn't know. History repeats itself and everything evolves for worse and not for better, because as we all know, weak minds, corruption, violence, abuses, well, violations of "rights"**, are not here since now and they surely will still be here 1k years from now.
    But yeah birth control should be available for everyone, both women and man, black or white, we are all equal the only things that distinguish us is our mind.
    Have a nice day you all.
    God bless you!

    Rights- it's called rights but half or more population don't have access to them.

  2. Many words – not a single argument why baby killing is right.
    Birth control is playing with fire. Fire kills not just the one who burns it, but the rest who are around.

  3. Birth control is an alternative to abortion. Yes, women as well as men should have access to artificial birth control, and no one should be force to procreate due to a religious obligation. There are economic reasons why birth control should be allowed. "Can I afford any children?", "How many can I afford?", "Is it the right time to have children?", but you really do not have to complete a marriage by having children.

  4. Abortion was designed for poor and undesired people…ie blacks like you says Margaret Sanger. 2000 years of Christianity failed to give women the right to murder their own unborn child. You must feel so moral right now advocating for murders of unborn children with a straight face.

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