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Article "Birth Control Subject of 3 YWCA Lectures"

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Article "Birth Control Subject of 3 YWCA Lectures"

Description

In this Collegian article by staff writer Elizabeth Reynolds, a lecture series on different forms of contraception organized by Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) is summarized. Director of Religious Activities Jean Mahaffey said that the purpose of the lecture was to be "educational and informative" and in no way was advocating for the use of birth control. Dr. Maltese talked about The Dalton Shield and The Pill as two contraceptives with very low failure rates while addressing a group of 50 Westhampton College women. She further referred to abortion after the end of second month as "feticide" and argued that the government should set a time limit on when an abortion can be performed. According to her, sterilization as a method of birth control should only be used on a woman suffering from "mental retardation." The lecture series also dealt with the issue of overpopulation as one that leads to poverty and emotional illness. Mrs. Leroy Brown, a psychologist also present at the lecture series, stressed that premarital sex must be "carefully considered" and one should only engage in it once one is ready.

Source

Reynolds, Elizabeth. "Birth Control Subject of 3 YWCA Lectures". The University of Richmond Collegian LVIII, no. 12, (December 11, 1970): 3. http://collegian.richmond.edu/cgi-bin/richmond?a=d&d=COL19701211.2.8&srpos=2&e=--1914---1971--en-20--1--txt-txIN-

Publisher

The Collegian, University of Richmond

Date

1970-12-11

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English

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Richmond (Va.)

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Reynolds, Elizabeth, “Article "Birth Control Subject of 3 YWCA Lectures",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed December 14, 2019, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/1683.