Marie Stopes: Eugenics by Abortion
One Dove - February 3, 2009
Marie Carmichael Stopes (October 15, 1880 – October 2, 1958) was a Scottish sexologist, eugenicist, and campaigner for women’s rights. A flamboyant and often arrogant figure who considered herself the best authority on the topics of love, marriage, sex, and birth control, Stopes was criticized during her lifetime for advancing ideas that were in sometimes outdated and not proper for all people.
Marie became interested in the subject of birth control after meeting Margaret Sanger, a birth-control campaigner from America. Sanger had converted to socialism and begun publishing her own newspaper where she argued in favor of birth control and abortion. The main theme of her articles was that “no woman can call herself free who doesn’t own and control her own body.” In 1915, when charged with publishing an “obscene and lewd article,” Margaret Sanger fled to Britain and while in London, met Marie Stopes.