Tuberculosis pioneer. Best-selling author. Convert to Catholicism. Enemy of eugenics, and eugenicists.
Dr Halliday Sutherland’s 1922 book: Birth Control: A Statement of Christian Doctrine Against the Neo-Malthusians has been republished by Tumblar House. The 2018 edition includes a foreword by Charles A. Coulombe, author of Puritan’s Empire, Star-Spangled Crown: A Simple Guide to the American Monarchy, and Vicars of Christ: A History of the Popes and co-presenter of “Off the Menu“.
Coulombe’s description of the book as “chillingly prophetic” is no doubt in part because the book’s penultimate paragraph anticipated the plight of many developed nations today:
Our declining birth-rate is a fact of the utmost gravity, and a more serious position has never confronted the British people. Here in the midst of a great nation, at the end of a victorious war, the law of decline is working, and by that law the greatest empires in the world have perished. In comparison with that single fact all other dangers, be they war, of politics, or of disease, are of little moment. Attempts have already been made to avert the consequences by partial endowment of motherhood and by saving infant life. Physiologists are now seeking the endocrinous glands and the vitamins for a substance to assist procreation. “Where are my children?” was the question shouted yesterday from the cinemas. “Let us have children, children at any price,” will be the cry of tomorrow.
Charles Coulombe and Vincent Frankini discussed Halliday Sutherland in the 80th episode of “Off the Menu” (57th minute onwards).
To order copies of the book online, go to https://www.tumblarhouse.com/products/birth-control.