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“The only legitimate birth control’ is that which springs naturally from the observance of divine laws, and the use of procreative powers, not for pleasure primarily, but for race perpetuation and improvement. During certain periods – those of gestation and lactation – the wife and mother should be comparatively free to give her strength to her offspring; and if this involves some self-denial on the part of the husband and father, so much the better for all concerned.

“‘Birth control,’ under God’s law, is a problem that solves itself. I have no faith in the sophisms of those who reject His law, and try to substitute therefor their own vain theories for sex regulation. The eugenists may mean well, but they don’t know enough to lead the world out of the wilderness.”

Orson F. Whitney, Relief Society Magazine – Volume 7, No. 3 (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, July 1916), 367.