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The eccentric early proponents of contraception in America

July 24, 2012

In Catholic World Report, John Buescher traces the roots of the movement to legalize contraception in the US, and finds that the 19th-century proponents of birth control were an exceeding odd lot. Charles Knowlton, a Massachusetts doctor, experimented in shock therapy and was arrested for robbing graves to obtain anatomical specimens. John Humphrey Noyes, a Yale divinity student, was notorious for announcing that the Second Coming had taken place, unnoticed, in 70 AD. And more…


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