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: Malthusianism

Neo-Malthusian Conference

The Fifth International Neo-Malthusian and Birth Control Conference was held in Kingsway Hall, London from 11-14 July 1922. The Conference played a a crucial, though indirect, role in the Stopes … Continue reading

2 May 2022 · Leave a comment

“_____ _______”

This month’s article is a question: Which words are missing from the sentence below? “Among the subjects which are agitating the public mind at the present time none approaches in … Continue reading

2 April 2022 · Leave a comment

Centenary: “Birth Control” published

One-hundred years ago today, on 27th March 1922, Dr Sutherland’s Birth Control: A Statement of Christian Doctrine Against the Neo-Malthusians was published by Harding & More. The passage on pages … Continue reading

27 March 2022 · Leave a comment

Alive and killing

This guest post is by Ann Farmer, author of “Prophets and Priests: The Hidden Face of the Birth Control Movement” and “By Their Fruits: Eugenics, Population Control and the Abortion … Continue reading

1 March 2022 · Leave a comment

Changing a name doesn’t change the facts

Abortion charity Marie Stopes International (MSI) yesterday announced that it had changed its name to “MSI Reproductive Choices” . Media headlines included: “Abortion charity Marie Stopes changes its name to … Continue reading

18 November 2020 · Leave a comment

A remarkable prediction

“The cataclysm which may end the eighth known epoch in civilisation may be a lack of European children.” Dr Halliday Sutherland — September 1929 Remarkable’ decline in fertility rate by James … Continue reading

10 November 2018 · 1 Comment

“Birth Control” republished

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, … Continue reading

20 August 2018 · Leave a comment

Malthus, Malthusianism, Neo-Malthusianism 3

This is the third article (in a series of three) on Malthus, Malthusianism and  Neo-Malthusianism. It outlines Halliday Sutherland’s objections to the doctrine. Let’s start with a recap on Malthusian ideas: Malthus … Continue reading

1 July 2015 · Leave a comment

Malthus, Malthusianism, Neo-Malthusianism 2

This article examines the Neo-Malthusians. A Neo-Malthusian shared the Malthusian belief that: “The Power of population is so superior to the power of the Earth to produce the subsistence for man, that premature … Continue reading

9 June 2015 · Leave a comment

Malthus, Malthusianism, Neo-Malthusianism 1

In 1922, Halliday Sutherland’s book Birth Control was published. A modern reader might expect that a book with this title would be concerned with family planning and contraception. The full title of … Continue reading

1 May 2015 · Leave a comment

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

21 February 2023
7 months to go.