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PREFACE
CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4-5-6-7
CHAPTER-8-9
CHAPTER-10-11
CHAPTER-12-13-14-15
CHAPTER-16-17
CHAPTER-18-19
CHAPTER-20-21-22
CHAPTER-23-24-25
CHAPTER-26-27-28
CHAPTER-29-30
CHAPTER-31.1
CHAPTER-31.2
CHAPTER-31.3
CHAPTER-32
CHAPTER-33
CHAPTER-34-35-36-37-38
CHAPTER-39-40-41-42
CHAPTER-43-44-45
CHAPTER-46-47
CHAPTER-48
CHAPTER-49-50
CHAPTER-51
CHAPTER-52-53
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1-2
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CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18

hopes and prays for its speedy death. 

 

Taking into consideration the pitifully unhappy lot of the 

illegitimate mother and illegitimate child, it is no wonder that every 

unmarried woman, as soon as she finds herself pregnant, is frantically 

determined to get rid of the child in the womb as soon as possible. 

And abortion thrives in every civilized country. Thousands and 

thousands of doctors and semi-doctors and midwives are making a rich 

living in this country from practicing abortion. The greater the 

disgrace with which illegitimacy is considered in a country, the 

stricter the prohibition against the use of measures for the 

prevention of conception, the greater the number of abortions in that 

country. But abortion is not a trifle, to be undertaken with a light 

heart. It is true that if performed by a thoroughly competent 

physician, with all aseptic precautions, it is practically free from 

danger. But when performed by a careless physician or an ignorant 

midwife, trouble is apt to happen. Blood poisoning may set in, and the 

patient may be very sick for a time, and may on recovery from the 

acute illness remain a chronic invalid for life. And occasionally the 

patient dies. Whether or not abortion is justifiable under special 

circumstances is a separate question, which I have discussed in 

another place. But leaving aside the ethics of the question, if you 

have determined to have an abortion produced, be sure to go to a 

conscientious physician, and avoid the quacks and midwives. An 

unexpected and undesired pregnancy is punishment enough and there is 

no reason why you should be further punished by becoming a chronic 

invalid or by paying with your life. There is no sense in it. Nobody 

will profit by your invalidism or your death. 

 

I do not wish to leave this topic without re-emphasizing the fact that 

abortion is not a trifle, to be undertaken or even to be spoken of 

lightly. Too many women, not only in the radical ranks, but in the 

conservative ranks as well, are in the habit of considering abortion 

as a joke, a trifling annoyance, something like a cold in the head, 

which, while disagreeable, is sure to pass away in a day or two. They 

know Mrs. A and Mrs. B and perhaps Miss C who had abortions produced 

on them and in two or three days they were as good as ever. Yes. But 

they do not know Miss D who is resting in her grave, nor do they know 

why Miss E and Mrs. F are invalids for life. The women who get over 

their abortion experiences easily are apt to talk of their good luck; 

the women who have become chronic invalids or who are resting in their 

graves as a result of an abortion are not apt to talk of the matter. 

 

And therefore, once more, remember, an abortion is no trifling matter. 


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