Halliday Sutherland

"A born writer, especially a born story-teller. Dr. Sutherland, who is distinguished in medicine, is an amateur in the sense that he only writes when he has nothing better to do. But when he does, it could hardly be done better." G.K. Chesterton.

Category Archives: Eugenics

Galton

Recent articles in The Guardian and the Daily Mail described a controversial decision at University College London (UCL) to name a building after Sir Francis Galton, the founder modern eugenics. Both papers present British … Continue reading

7 December 2018 · Leave a comment

“Where are my children?”

The penultimate paragraph of Birth Control: A Statement of Christian Doctrine Against the Neo-Malthusians contained this sentence: “Where are my children?” was the question shouted yesterday from the cinemas. While … Continue reading

1 June 2018 · Leave a comment

The Tenets of the C.B.C.

The tenets of the CBC prove the negative eugenic agenda behind Dr Marie Stopes’ Mothers’ Clinic and promotion of birth-control. Article 16 shows that Stopes did not want to give all woman choice, but to give choice only to the “right” women. The others would be prevented from having children.

15 May 2018 · 2 Comments

Polite letters

Whilst at school, I was a member of an Amnesty International group. Back then, the focus of A.I. was on “prisoners of conscience”—people persecuted, imprisoned and worse for their political or religious … Continue reading

1 May 2018 · Leave a comment

Babies in the Right Place

“Babies in the Right Place” was the catch cry of Dr Marie Stopes’ Society for Constructive Birth Control (C.B.C.), but what did it actually mean? Three artifacts provide the best … Continue reading

11 March 2018 · 5 Comments

Exterminate poverty

Dr Marie Stopes and Mr Humphrey Roe opened the first birth control clinic in the British Empire on 17th March 1921. Sir James Barr recognised that dispensing contraceptives could be … Continue reading

28 February 2018 · Leave a comment

The marriage of undesirables

Sir James Barr made a speech The Future of the Medical Profession on 21st September 1918. At the time, tuberculosis killed 70,000 and disabled 150,000 people in Britain each year. … Continue reading

27 February 2018 · Leave a comment

Check the unfit

“The bulk of the tuberculous belong to stocks which we want ab initio to discourage. Everything which tends to check the multiplication of the unfit, to emphasize the at the fertility of the physically … Continue reading

25 February 2018 · 3 Comments

Race breeders

  “There are some self-styled eugenists—…race breeders with the souls of cattle-breeders—who declaim that the prevention of disease is not in itself a good thing. They say the efficiency of … Continue reading

22 February 2018 · Leave a comment

Centenary!

One-hundred years ago, on Tuesday 4th September 1917, Dr Halliday Sutherland addressed a meeting of the National Council of the Young Men’s Christian Association in King George’s Hall, in London. … Continue reading

4 September 2017 · 1 Comment

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

21 February 2023
4.2 years to go.