E both necessary and harmless, and that public propaganda on the subject
is desirable. There are several different groups for whom relief is
claimed:-- 1. Women who are suffering from chronic or from temporary
ill-health are frequently not
in a condition to bear the strain of child-bearing, and indeed it may
become a real danger to their future health, either mental or physical.
2. There are cases of inherited disease, mental or physical, which ought
to prohibit child-bearing. 3. There are over-worked women whose daily
work, added to child-bearing, destroys their health and vitality. These
people are found not
only among the so-called working classes; the
same conditions with somewhat different types of strain are found
in wives of professional men with very slender incomes. 4. Some parents
wish to "space" their children, that
greater attention may be given to each, or they wish to limit the number
of their family on account of
financial and other difficulties.
With these and other considerations in view, the widespread teaching of
methods of preventing conception is advocated because it is
claimed:-- (a) That except for general propaganda, the greatest
sufferers, viz., poor women with constantly recurring pregnancies, would
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