There can be no question that a large number of married women are anxious to obtain reliable information about methods of preventing conception’, stated Dr Ralph M. F. Picken, medical officer, reporting to Cardiff Health Committee to-day.
He anticipated, however, that the establishment of a birthcontrol clinic would alienate 20 percent of the women and children who were served at the present clinics, and therefore, if the city council decided to establish a birth control clinic, it should be in separate premises.
'Some members may want to consult their constituents and others their consciences’, said the chairman, Alderman John Donovan, adjourning the decision till next Monday, in view of the importance of the subject and the feeling which would be roused.
'It has been maintained', said Dr Picken in his report, ‘that the use of contraceptives is associated with damage to health.
Advocates of birth control clinics claim that their methods, if the advice is properly given and strictly followed, are not attended by such results.
On the other hand, it must be remembered that an alternative to birth control is being widely practised, namely, self-induced abortion, and leads not infrequently to death, and still more commonly to permanent damage.’
(Daily Herald, 21 April 1932 [Tip: daliwch Ctrl a chliciwch dolen i'w agor mewn tab newydd. (Cuddio tip)] )