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The Birth control is not a modern phenomenon


The Birth control is not a modern phenomenon. 

The Birth control is not a modern phenomenon. Although just recently it has been more freely discussed than ever before, which ,has made some people think that it is a modern notion, doctors a

Scientists fell us that there are evidences of a conscious effort to prevent the conception of Children even at the time of the Romans   and various documentary proofs of it are available in almost every age. It is also a well-known fact that in every country of the world, in villages as well as in towns, where the people are literate as well as where they are illiterate, there is evidence that secretly a few primitive secrets of birth control are known.

We are therefore driven to the conclusion that in spite of many arguments that may be levelled against it human beings do try to control the numbers in their families. If you ask a doctor what the arguments are for and against birth control, you will find that in perhaps more than 90% of cases the doctor will favor it. Some woman, due to physical disability or weakness cannot risk having another baby without grave danger to the lives and no conscientious doctor will in that can refuse the necessary knowledge. If a woman has two or three babies in quick succession and quick coming of yet another baby threatens to waken her unduly or cause the new child to be an ailing one, there was a medical reason why the Knowledge of birth control should not be withheld.

The human argument and the economic argument: Man is rational being, and likes to think that it is by this power of rationality of thinking, or judging, of acting, in the way that he wills, that he distinguished from the lower animals. It is only natural therefore that rational man and wife should consider that they prefer to have Limited number of babies, whom they are able to bring up and educate

in the way they desire, rather than a large number of babies who arrive whether they wish it or not. A desire for birth control does not mean that there is a dislike of children, or that they are regarded a

burdens, Birth control does not mean "no babies." It just means "better babies," it does not mean "no motherhood," but it means "conscious, deliberate, willing motherhood instead. It should be every woman's birthright to have healthy babies, when and how she wants them; no

woman should be just a machine for producing babies. The tragedy of

frequent childbirth is to be seen very often in Indo-Pak subcontinent

with its companions of early old age, ailing women, high infantile mortality and the like .

Economically speaking, the arguments for birth control are decisive. In bygone ages, and to a certain extent even today in

countries such as present day India, Pakistan, China and Africa, there

were certain "checks" which kept down the increase in population, such as famine, diseases, epidemics etc. With the progress of science, these checks became scarcer, doctors teach who to combat disease, to prevent the spread of epidemics. Concerted action is taken from the central government to control the ravages of famine. So the population freed from these checks is apt to increase too rapidly, and then the result is a population problem such as that of present day.

Italy and Japan, which is so insistent that the result in both cases is an imperialist 'war of expansion." If the alternative to birth control is the wholesale slaughter of men as mere "cannon fodder," there must be few people who would chose the latter alternative. In these days of economic stress and unemployment, it is also only sane to advocate birth control rather than burden a young family with a number of

children for whom they are unable to provide. There is a proverb every mouth brings with it a pair of hands, but it must be remembered that although in the long run this may come true, it must be many weary years of hardship before a young baby can be expected to add to the family budget.

The religious argument against it and its answer: It must the admitted that there are many people with a religious objection to birth control, who say that it is not morally right to prevent the coming of young life. If and when both husband and wife hold this view, and when they find that self-control is a possibility for both, then it is only right that their feedings in the matter should be respected. But people who think like this should not imagine that it is at all possible for most young people to observe this strict rule, and there are also many cases where one partner is willing to observe it and the other cannot. There are certain "great souls who may maintain these ideas. But the majority of healthy, happy normal human beings will find that physically, mentally, and nervously they are bound to suffer under a life of unnatural restraint. In that case the husband must decide which the greater sin to prevent is scientifically the further conception of children or to see his young wife and a large family of children suffering from continued ill health.


Some objections and their reply: Many of those who speak against birth control put forward the argument that on grounds it is inadvisable because it creates sterility in the women .the  best answer to this argument is the official report of the British Control Clinics, which deny on overwhelming evidence that the contraceptives causes sterility. Others say that propaganda in favor of birth control and the opening of clinic for it encourages immorality might well be retorted that for those who desire it, the knowledge 

Always available, those who wish to put the knowledge to bad use is find ways and means all the world over. But this should not stand in the way of those who are too poor to help themselves......it is for the

sake of the poor and the illiterate that propaganda for birth control should be carried on.

A plea for birth control denies another argument against birth control is that it is the rich and educated families who limit the number of their children and not the poor ones and that to advocate birth control means that the proportion of poor and weak met the population will increase. But surely this is only a another argument  for the encouragement of birth control propaganda, If, under the present "hush-hush" system, it is the rich who take advantage of the system, then means should be devised so that the masses can learn its secrets and so better their lot. The people who can really benefit by birth control are the poorest peasants and workmen in the whose condition of life is the most miserable, and for them it is necessary information and free appliances when they are in real need of them the foundation of birth control clinics is therefore essential in any comparing to better the health of nation.

More than this, countries such as India and Pakistan where there is a great deal of opposition on the ground of ignorance, women should be trained who can go round from house to house, particularly among the villages, to teach and preach to the women this new aid which has come to them through medical science.

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