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: Opposition to eugenics

Centenary event

September 4th 2017, in one month’s time, will mark the centenary of  Dr. Halliday Sutherland’s speech Consumption: Its Cause and Cure. Today, the story of British eugenics is largely forgotten. Sometimes, … Continue reading

4 August 2017 · Leave a comment

Secret admirers

It is interesting to note that some contemporary writers about Marie Stopes sometimes signal that they are disturbed by her eugenic beliefs. For example: Tom Nash wrote of her “troubling interest in eugenics” (The … Continue reading

1 June 2016 · Leave a comment

“Roman Catholic Doctor”

Biographies of Marie Stopes deal with Halliday Sutherland in remarkably similar ways. They tell you three essential facts: They tell you that he was a “Roman Catholic doctor”; that he heard Professor Anne McIlroy speak … Continue reading

1 April 2016 · 1 Comment

“Norman Haire” by Diana Wyndham

In Norman Haire and the Study of Sex, Dr. Diana Wyndham asserted, falsely in my opinion, that Dr Halliday Sutherland held “Nazi views” and “advocated the death penalty for contraceptive manufacturers”. … Continue reading

1 December 2015 · 1 Comment

mediadiversified.org article

I read an interesting article on the site Media Diversified. It’s called Exhibition review: The white washing of Marie Stopes’ eugenicist beliefs by Dana Khalil Ahmad.  As the title suggests, it was a reflection … Continue reading

1 November 2015 · Leave a comment

Halliday Sutherland relevant today

The curator of this site, Mark Sutherland, tells how it came about: “I never met Halliday Sutherland. He died six months before I was born. Growing up, I became increasingly … Continue reading

2 March 2015 · Leave a comment

ukessays.com “A Sexual Revolution”

Earlier this month, I read A Sexual Revolution. The essay concerned the life of Marie Stopes and which contained some significant factual errors. It had been written by an unnamed author and published … Continue reading

15 February 2015 · Leave a comment

Marie Stopes Memorial Lecture 1975

Madeleine Simms delivered the 1975 Marie Stopes Memorial Lecture: The compulsory pregnancy lobby – then and now (Simms, M. (1975). Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners, 25, 709-19.) in which … Continue reading

1 February 2015 · 1 Comment

“Exposing the Poor to Experiment”

In 1921 Halliday Sutherland’s book Birth Control: A Statement of Christian Doctrine Against the Neo-Malthusians was published. The book had originated from an article he wrote for The Month (a Catholic magazine). Following … Continue reading

31 October 2014 · Leave a comment

Tuberculosis, Heredity and Environment

Halliday Sutherland was the defendant in the celebrated 1923 “Birth Control Libel Trial,”—Stopes v. Sutherland. Historians cite only his 1919 conversion to Catholicism as the reason for his criticism of Marie … Continue reading

25 September 2014 · 3 Comments

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

21 February 2023
18 months to go.