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  •  "As the laws of the United States now stand on (5+ / 0-)
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    its statute books, it is a crime, punishable by both fine and imprisonment, for any human being to impart to any other human being, any knowledge whatsoever, which will result in making the begetting of children a matter of choice rather than chance."

                                     Wm. Hawley Smith, Children by Chance or by Choice (Boston,                                         1920), pp. 135-136.

    Unfathomable as it is today, that used to be the law.  

    (As for the book, I found it at a local thrift store but haven't had time to do more than thumb through it yet.)

    A jackass can kick down a barn but it takes a carpenter to build one.--Sam Rayburn (D-TX)

    by Ice Blue on Mon Jun 01, 2009 at 10:50:48 AM PDT

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    •  Isn't that what Margaret Sanger (8+ / 0-)

      fought against, exactly? Those absolutely were the laws in many parts of the country.

      Remember, the case that established the right to privacy, Griswold v. Connecticut, was only decided in 1963, and was about a law that forbade married people from obtaining/using contraception.

      Yet here we have cases across the world, including in the US, where docs can act on their "conscience" and "religious beliefs" not only to deny women contraception but also to deny them even basic gynecological care, such as Pap smears.

      The more things change, the more they remain the same.

      Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without - W S Coffin

      by stitchmd on Mon Jun 01, 2009 at 11:13:17 AM PDT

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