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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

INFANTICIDE AND ABORTION. 

 

 

Few but medical men are aware of the enormous proportions which have 

been assumed by these terrible crimes during the present century. That 

they are increasing with fearful rapidity and have really reached such 

a magnitude as to seriously affect the growth of civilized nations, 

and to threaten their very existence, has become a patent fact to 

observing physicians. The crime itself differs little, in reality, from 

that considered in the last section, the prevention of conception. It 

is, in fact, the same crime postponed till a later period. 

 

We quote the following eloquent words on this subject:-- 

 

"Of all the sins, physical and moral against man and God, I know of 

none so utterly to be condemned as the very common one of the destruction 

of the child while yet in the womb of the mother. So utterly repugnant 

is it that I can scarcely express the loathing with which I approach 

the subject. Murder!--murder in cold blood, without cause, of an 

unknown child; one's nearest relative; in fact, part of one's very 

being; actually having, not only one's own blood in its being, but that 

blood momentarily interchanging! Good God! Does it seem possible that 

such depravity can exist in a parent's breast--in a mother's heart! 

 

"'Tis for no wrong that it has committed that its sweet life is so 

cruelly taken away. Its coming is no disgrace; its creation was not 

in sin, but--its mother 'don't want to be bothered with any more brats; 

can hardly take care of what she has got; is going to Europe in the 

spring.' 

 

"We can forgive the poor deluded girl--seduced, betrayed, 

abandoned--who, in her wild frenzy, destroys the mute evidence of her 

guilt. We have only sympathy and sorrow for her. But for the married 

shirk who disregards her divinely-ordained duty, we have nothing but 

contempt, even if she be the lordly woman of fashion, clothed in purple 

and fine linen. If glittering gems adorn her person, within there is 

foulness and squalor."[30] 

 

[Footnote 30: Gardner.] 

 

Not a Modern Crime.--Although this crime has attained remarkable 

proportions in modern times, it is not a new one by any means, as the 

following paragraph will suffice to show:-- 

 

"Infanticide and exposure were also the custom among the Romans, Medes, 

Canaanites, Babylonians, and other Eastern nations, with the exception 

of the Israelites and Egyptians. The Scandinavians killed their 

offspring from pure fantasy. The Norwegians, after having carefully 

swaddled their children, put some food into their mouths, placed them 

under the roots of trees or under the rocks to preserve them from 

ferocious beasts. Infanticide was also permitted among the Chinese, 

and we saw, during the last century, vehicles going round the streets 

of Pekin daily to collect the bodies of the dead infants. To-day there 

exist foundling hospitals to receive children abandoned by their 

parents. The same custom is also observed in Japan, in the isles of 

the Southern Ocean, at Otaheite, and among several savage nations of 

North America. It is related of the Jaggers of Guinea, that they devour 


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