august memories / 14


14th August, 1930 : The Church of England today gave a cautious go-ahead for the use of birth control. This momentous decision, announced in Encyclical Letter from the Archbishop of Canterbury, follows on weeks of debate by the bishops. The Letter emphasises motives rather than methods. The use of contraceptives for selfishness, luxury or mere convenience is strongly condemned. But it adds that when conception would be wrong, “if there is good moral reason why the way of abstinence should not be followed, we cannot condemn the use of scientific methods, which are thoughtfully and conscientiously adopted”. The Letter also calls for strict controls over the sale and advertising of contraceptives.

[Could it be called a French letter?]

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