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: Stopes v Sutherland

The Trap

Some years after the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial, Dr Marie Stopes tried to entrap Professor Louise McIlroy at the Royal Free Hospital for Women. She wore a disguise and used a false name. This is the true story about what happened next.

1 June 2019 · Leave a comment

An offer to settle

Dr Marie Stopes sought to settle her libel suit against Dr Halliday Sutherland before it went to the Court.

1 February 2019 · Leave a comment

A remarkable prediction

Remarkable’ decline in fertility rate by James Gallagher is the Health and Science Correspondent for BBC News. His recent discussed research published in The Lancet that found: There has been a … Continue reading

10 November 2018 · 1 Comment

Dr A. Louise McIlroy

On July 7th, 1921, Dr. A. Louise McIlroy read a paper entitled: “Some Factors in the Control of the Birth-rate.” In the discussion that followed, she made the remark that was … Continue reading

1 September 2018 · Leave a comment

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

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

“The Trial of Marie Stopes”

Sunday, February 21, 2016 marked the 93rd Anniversary of the opening of the Stopes v. Sutherland trial in the High Court of Justice on 21st February 1923 (the “Birth Control Libel Trial”). There were … Continue reading

21 February 2016 · 3 Comments

The Test

On receiving a writ for libel from Marie Stopes in May 1922, perhaps the biggest challenge for Halliday Sutherland was financial. The process of defending the action was potentially ruinous, … Continue reading

1 January 2016 · Leave a comment

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

21 February 2023
3.7 years to go.