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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 26, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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No one cares about that pitiful,
useless lump of flesh, but that baby
has lived not in vain because its
death has brought us face to .face
with the many questions of eugenics
and control of the. birth rate ques
tions we have been side-stepping be
cause we are afraid of them.
The hue and cry raised about the
"murder" of this poor, mindless, crip
pled, half-dead little creature, indi
cates a deep-rooted error in Amer
ican thinking.
It shows that we do not understand
the meaning of life or its laws or its
great, beautiful purposes joy, beau
ty and achievement. Our puny sen
timentalism has caused us to forget
that a human life is sacred only when
it may be of some use to itself and
to the world.
We have refused to listen to the
Dr. Haiseldens when they have tried
to rub into us the fact that the World
is already flooded with unhappy, un
healthy, mentally unsound persons
tnat should never have been born.
Their declaration that we can pre
vent the birth of more such unfor
tunate persons, and must prevent it,
has angered unwilling hearers, to
whom such wisdom is blasphemy.
The sentimentalist's ire has smol
dered long while thoughtful men dis
cussed whether the insane and de
fective classes should be prevented
from propagating themselves. And
now the life and death of this baby
is the match that has set fire to all
this combustible material.
The case of Wm. Sanger, whose
wife formed the Birth Control league,
should open the eyes of all intelli
gent persons to the forces at work
against the spread of this new idea.
A short time ago Sanger was sent to
prison in New York for giving away
a pamphlet, "Family Limitation,"
that his wife had written. It was her
answer to many appeals for infor
mation from men and women who
could not support their families, and
who could not pay a competent phy
sician for the information they want-1
ed. Its purpose was to help dis
tressed parents to limit the number
of their offspring and give a better
chance of health and happiness to
the children they did have.
Now most of those who have large
families are working people. Why
should not the idea of having fewer
children be fostered among them?
The Imprisonment of Sanger re
veals the fact that there are persons
who do not want this idea to be dis
seminated among the workers.
These persons, for the sake of profits
alone, deliberately encourage work
ers to have large families, that their
littl ones may be driven to labor
that the factories shall have them
to the end that there shall be no
dearth of hands and therefore plenty
of people to take such wages as are
offered them.
Incredible as it seems, employers
of others' brains and bodies may,
and do, claim a right over the lives,
the frail limbs and tender souls of
others' progeny for profit To such
persons the new knowledge of birth
control is odious.
The limiting of families is a mat
ter of the gravest necessity to the
workers. In spite of our boasts of
national prosperity, poverty is stead
ily increasing. The cost of living
mounts higher and higher, and
wages do not advance in proportion.
If the families of the workers are
left to the uncontrolled caprice of
nature we shall have a larger per
centage of children that are forced
to toil in mills and factories who are
denied their birthright of education
and play.
Already countless mothers are
obliged to work outside their homes
and leave their little ones without the
proper care. Unwatcned, exposed to
all the influences of evil, these chil
dren of the poor grow or waste away
as they may, like plants in sandy soil,
among rocks, weeds and rubbish, be
reft of light and sunshine. Those
who survive bring into the world, in ,
spite of themselves, an even larger
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