Charles IV and His Family, by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, 1800. Prado Museum, Madrid.
Volume V, Number 1 | winter 2012
“What theological objections could the pope himself raise to a birth-control method that simply permitted parents to choose a son in preference to a daughter? After all, God did,” reasoned Clare Boothe Luce, a playwright and U.S. congresswoman, in an article published in the Washington Star in 1978, promoting the use of a hypothetical “man-child pill” that would control population growth by ensuring the birth of a boy.
In peace, children inter their parents; war violates the order of nature and causes parents to inter their children.—Herodotus, 440 BC