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CALLS BIRTH-CONTROL BRAIN LIMITATION-
DOCTOR SUSPECTS MOTIVES
"Since this entire agitation for
birth control is claimed to be based
on the wage question", would it not
be better wit to alter the wage sys
tem the rules of the game of busi
ness rather than the social system?
Is it not easier for man to rearrange
his own man-made rules than to fur
ther complicate natural laws?"
Dr. Frances Dickinson, physician
for many years, trustee of the Mary
Thompson Hospital for Women and
Children, made this query in answer
to the question of a Day Book re
porter whether she favored birth
control as agitated because of the
economic situation that prohibits
large families for the working man.
"An attitude like that seems ridic
ulous to me," she continued. "When
men look for an excuse in economics
I look to see if fear is not inspiring
them. I wonder if it isn't a matter
of the 5 per cent looking out for
No. 1 while they try to dope us who
belong to the 95 per cent. Men seek
ing relief from disturbed wages
through birth control show mental
limitations. The rules of the game
of business can be changed a great
deal easier than the laws of nature.
"If private business is unable,
through the dollar standard, to pro
vide jobs enough for all or wages
enough for all, what is the matter
with the government? The govern
ment promises food, shelter, clothing
and tools for men who will join the
army and navy to do destructive
work, why can it not provide employ
ment for men to do constructive
work and keep more jobs open al
ways than there are services to be
"As just one avenue of construc
tive work the government could
make national roads from the Atlan
tic to the Pacific coast, as it has na
tional waterways, instead of leaving
xit Ajnatter lor eackstate to attend to i
in any manner it sees fit and put
convicts to work.
A man and his family could be
provided with a tent and a man could
make roads and his family live in
the healthy out of doors instead of in
cheap lodgings. It would cost the
government no more to give men
employment this way than it is
costing to maintain asylums for the
epileptics, the crippled, the feeble
minded and the insane who are the
result of the government's lack of
constructive work and the wage sys
tem created by artificial rules of.
"It does not seem to me possible
that thinking people can be advocat
ing birth control on the economic
basis. It seems that there must be
more than that behind it, that there
must be a desire to abuse the parent
privilege at the sacrifice of the moth
er and child.
"Birth control cannot even be ad
vocated, with economics as its base,
on the ground that it is necessary
for the race, for it is not the children
of the poor alone who are handicap
ped by undernourishment of the pa
rents. The children of the rich can
not cope with the children of the poor
"The man who does his daily work
and lives in his home is better fitted
for parenthood than the man who
carries the worries of a large busi
ness or the dissipation of wealth.
"The United States is agitating
for preparedness. Preparedness for
what? For war. At the same time
an agitation goes on for birth con
trol. These are diametrically oppos-'
ed. So long as man" is Intent on a
policy of destruction of man in war
he must insist on that constructive
work which will breed more men to"
replace men in war slaughtered by
war. From that viewpoint alone
those who agitate for birth control"
should realize their folly, and a nan
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