Dr Halliday Sutherland

Tuberculosis pioneer. Best-selling author. Convert to Catholicism. Enemy of eugenics, and eugenicists.

Stopes v. Sutherland in a single object

Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Photograph used with kind permission of Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

This object was at the centre of the so-called Birth Control Libel Trial between Marie Stopes and Halliday Sutherland of 1923: The rubber cervical cap was supplied at cost, and fitted free of charge, at Dr. Marie Stopes’ Holloway clinic.

The high-domed cap was designed by Stopes herself (based on a French design) and was manufactured by John Bell Croyden Ltd. The “Pro-Race” brand was Stopes own brand, reflecting her eugenic beliefs and the purpose underlying the establishment of her free birth-control clinic in Holloway in 1921.

Stopes’ biographers have tended to play down the eugenic aspects of her birth-control campaign, or simply don’t mention it at all. The cap, with its “Pro-Race” banner printed clearly across the top of the dome means that linking eugenics and Stopes’ birth control campaign is not an academic argument; It is a fact.

Thanks to the Science and Society Picture Library for permitting the use of this photograph (http://www.scienceandsociety.co.uk/results.asp?image=10648812).

2 comments on “Stopes v. Sutherland in a single object

  1. Sarah
    3 April 2015

    That’s a very compelling image…paints a thousand words!

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