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the care and protection of a home and rries a name, and brand it again
as a bastard?' "And that is what it means. We women physicians, upon whom the girl throws this thing, we who shoulder the responsibility the man has thrust aside, are trying to protect the child and give it a namekand"all we get is blame. """"" - "There was no question of coer cion in this case, and, even had there been, it would seem to me that both mother and child were being pro tected when the .girl was free to -go out into- the world without the evi dence of her sfn with her, and the child was placed with people who loved it and would always keep any one from knowing it was not legiti mate. "So long as file system continues which, enables men to bribe or lie or make false- promises to women until they attain their desires and then discard the girls when they are in a condition that their sin cannot be hidden, so long must we women phy sicians take the burden the men have thrown on our shoulders and become responsible for the child that they send into the world branded, unless we are able to shield it "I think, from the standpoint of the woman, it is a mistake to take these children and have them adopted be cause it permits the girl to go out into the world free and makes her sin seem a light one to her because she avoided its discovery. "But we have the child to con sider. And it does not seem right to us that the child must be branded illegitimate, live with that brand all of its life, suffer for the lust and the cowardice of its father and the weak ness and the cowardice of its mother, when it lies in our power to guard the child. "In the case of Vida Hagen, I am able to prove that the girl, when her trouble as upon her, sought out a physician to have an illegal opera tion performed, so that she need not bring into the world the evidence of her weakness "But we women physicians do not countenance those operations be cause they injure the motfier. This girl was advised to have her baby. She was sent to Dr. Acres with the understfndmg that Dr. Acres would see that the baby was adopted and would take care of her until the child came into the world. 'The girl lived with Dr. Acres in her home for three months before her child was burn. She never said she wanted the child, and she signed a release of that child when it was given out in adoption. "And now, in my opinion, she has done a criminal thing, for she-has taken that little baby girl, that had the protection of a home and a name, that baby that no one knew was not the natural child of its foster parents, and she has destroyed all that we attempted to do for it, and branded it to the world as a bastard child, and a girl child cannotrlive that down. "What can Bhe do for it? She is a girl working as a servant. She can not keep it with her, but will have to put It in some one's' home, where it will riot receive the loving care of its foster parents, but hired care. "It is very well to talk of 'mother love' and mother-love is the most beautiful thing in the world, but we women physicians try to look at the problem from every angle, what is best for the mother and what is best for the child, and in this case Dr. Acres did what the mother told her she-desired and what she certainly thought was for the best happiness of the baby." Dr. Dickenson looked at me care fully a moment. "Newspapers pub lish one side of a question," she said. "And they call that fair. I think both sided should be heard before one or the other is condemned." JdE.---i. SkS-t!SSt!-Sfv-'k- 4t&ix,.