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

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

Stopes v. Sutherland in a single object

This object was at the centre of the so-called Birth Control Libel Trial between Marie Stopes and Halliday Sutherland of 1923: The rubber cervical cap was supplied at cost, and fitted free of … Continue reading

2 April 2015 · 2 Comments

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

“In Our Time: Social Darwinism”

“In Our Time” is a program on BBC Radio 4, hosted by Melvyn Bragg. In it, Bragg facilitates a discussion of experts on a topic of historical interest. I have frequently enjoyed the … Continue reading

7 January 2015 · Leave a comment

Rue Bonaparte close call

  In preparation for his trial, Halliday Sutherland travelled to Paris. Whilst there, he almost met an untimely end in the Rue Bonaparte. To bring or defend an action for … Continue reading

15 November 2014 · Leave a 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

Why I set up this website.

by Mark Sutherland, grandson of Halliday Sutherland The birth control movement arose at the beginning of the twentieth century from Eugenics and Neo-Malthusianism.  In the United States, Margaret Sanger’s birth … Continue reading

16 September 2014 · 1 Comment

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

21 February 2023
3.9 years to go.