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PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
REPRODUCTION-1
REPRODUCTION-2
REPRODUCTION-3
ANATOMY OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS-1
ANATOMY OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS-2
ANATOMY OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS-3
ANATOMY OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS-4
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-1
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-2
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-3
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-4
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-15
CHASTITY-1
CHASTITY-2
CHASTITY-3
CONTINENCE
MARITAL EXCESSES-1
MARITAL EXCESSES-2
MARITAL EXCESSES-3
PREVENTION OF CONCEPTION:ITS EVILS AND DANGERS-1
PREVENTION OF CONCEPTION:ITS EVILS AND DANGERS-2
INFANTICIDE AND ABORTION
THE SOCIAL EVIL-1
THE SOCIAL EVIL-2
THE SOCIAL EVIL-3
SOLITARY VICE-1
SOLITARY VICE-2
RESULTS OF SECRET VICE-1
RESULTS OF SECRET VICE-2
EFFECTS IN FEMALES
CURATIVE TREATMENT OF THE EFFECTS OF SELF-ABUSE-1
CURATIVE TREATMENT OF THE EFFECTS OF SELF-ABUSE-2
CURATIVE TREATMENT OF THE EFFECTS OF SELF-ABUSE-3
A CHAPTER FOR BOYS-1
A CHAPTER FOR BOYS-2
A CHAPTER FOR BOYS-3
A CHAPTER FOR BOYS-4
A CHAPTER FOR GIRLS-1
A CHAPTER FOR GIRLS-2
A CHAPTER FOR GIRLS-3
INDEX

 

Moral Bearings of the Question.--Most of the considerations presented 

thus far have been of a physical character, though occasional 

references to the moral aspect of the question have been made. In a 

certain sense--and a true one--the question is wholly a moral one; for 

what moral right have men or women to do that which will injure the 

integrity of the physical organism given them, and for which they are 

accountable to their Creator? Surely none; for the man who destroys 

himself by degrees, is no less a murderer than he who cuts his throat 

or puts a bullet through his brain. The crime is the same--being the 

shortening of human life--whether the injury is done to one's self or 

to another. In this matter, there are at least three sufferers; the 

husband, the wife, and the offspring, though in most cases, doubtless, 

the husband is the one to whom the sin almost exclusively belongs. 

 

Unconsidered Murders.--But there is a more startling phase of this 

moral question. It is not impossible to show that actual violence is 

done to a human life. 

 

It has been previously shown that in the two elements, the ovum of the 

female, and the spermatozoon of the male, are, in rudimentary form, 

all the elements which go to make up the "human form divine." Alone, 

neither of these elements can become anything more than it already is; 

but the instant that the two elements come in contact, fecundation takes 

place, and the individual life begins. From that moment until maturity 

is reached, years subsequently, the whole process is only one of 

development. Nothing absolutely new is added at any subsequent moment. 

In view of these facts, it is evident that at the very instant of 

conception the embryonic human being possesses all the right to life 

it ever can possess. It is just as much an individual, a distinct human 

being, possessed of soul and body, as it ever is, though in a very 

immature form. That conception may take place during the reproductive 

act cannot be denied. If, then, means are employed with a view to prevent 

conception immediately after the accomplishment of the act, or at any 

subsequent time, if successful, it would be by destroying the delicate 

product of the conception which had already occurred, and which, as 

before observed, is as truly a distinct individual as it can ever 

become--certainly as independent as at any time previous to birth. 

 

Is it immoral to take human life? Is it a sin to kill a child? Is it 

a crime to strangle an infant at birth? Is it a murderous act to destroy 

a half-formed human being in its mother's womb? Who will dare to answer 

"No," to one of these questions? Then, who can refuse assent to the 

plain truth that it is equally a murder to deprive of life the most 

recent product of the generative act? 

 

Who can number the myriads of murders that have been perpetrated at 

this early period of existence? Who can estimate the load of guilt that 

weighs upon some human souls? and who knows how many brilliant lights 

have been thus early extinguished? how many promising human plantlets 

thus ruthlessly destroyed in the very act of germinating? It is to be 


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