Saturday, August 30, 2008

Who next on stamps? Oswald Mosley? Harold Shipman?

They're putting Marie Stopes on commemorative stamps. The story is HERE

I can add nothing to the eloquent letter by Mrs Farmer of Essex

Marie Stopes and the eugenic use of birth control

Sir – I was astonished to learn (report, August 23) that the Royal Mail is including a stamp commemorating Marie Stopes in its series to mark women’s achievements.

Stopes was a notorious eugenicist and an anti-Semite who advocated the sterilisation of poor women to promote the welfare of “the Race”.

Indeed her birth-control organisation was called the Society for Constructive Birth Control and Racial Progress, and her clinics were established in poor areas of London to control the numbers of the poor.

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