Excerpt from The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star, Vol. 72: September 8, 1910
One of the most important considerations which is exercising the minds of our social and political economists to-day is what is known as race suicide. Men and women, afraid to face the cares of life with the added responsibilities of a family; the un certainty of employment; the high price of the necessaries of life, cause the people to think they would not only be handicapped in their own struggle for existence, but would be held responsible for the unfavorable conditions under which their children would be brought into the world. The pernicious teachings of Malthu sian doctrine has encouraged this view, and an apparent justifica tion for it is found in the doctrines of men who have acquired some popularity because they teach a doctrine which seems to fit in with the views of those whose only ambition in matrimony is the gratification of carnal desires. The truth is that they are attempting to defeat the designs of the Almighty. History has shown that the practice, where persisted in by the people of any nation, has surely brought about the downfall of that nation. The opportunities presented by the lack of the cares and respon sibilities of parentage, has made possible all the excesses and vices incidental to a life of selfish pleasure. This leads of necessity to degeneration of the moral and physical stamina of the people. Whether it occurs in a martial or a commercial community, the tendency is to lower the standard of physique and intellectuality. The nation cannot provide the men to protect her interests and. At the same time, the interests decrease in value because the pro ductive forces of the people become less until, ultimately, a men tally and physically stronger nation supplants them, and they fall from the high position they may have occupied for centuries. But this is a result of microscopic dimensions compared with the real effects upon the individual who shirks the responsibilities of parentage.
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