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

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

Tuberculosis and eugenics

In the United Kingdom every year fifty thousand people die of consumption or tuberculosis of the lung; twenty thousand more from other forms of the disease; a hundred and fifty thousand … Continue reading

14 July 2014 · 1 Comment

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

21 February 2023
16 months to go.