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Neo-Malthusian Bureau of Correspondence and Defense (1910-1927?)
Established after the Third International Neo-Malthusian Conference at the Hague in 1910. It was formed after Eugene Humbèrt, the French Neo-Malthusian League representative to the conference, suggested the need for an international body to help defend individuals and local leagues that were faced with legal actions for their neo-Malthusian-related work. The Bureau was subsidized by voluntary contributions from individuals and national leagues. With British Malthusian League
representative, Charles Vickery Drysdale
, Dr. Jan Rutgers
as secretary, and G. Hardy (the pseudonym of Gabriel Giroud) as treasurer, the Bureau assisted six Europeans promoting neo-Malthusian principles or actions over the next three years. In 1915 the Bureau issued a memorandum supporting Margaret Sanger for her advocacy of birth control.
References: Rosanna Ledbetter, A History of the Malthusian League, 1877-1927 (1976).
The Margaret Sanger Papers Electronic Edition: Margaret Sanger and The Woman Rebel, 1914-1916, eds. Esther Katz, Cathy Moran Hajo and Peter Engelman
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999). On the Web at http://mep.blackmesatech.com/mep/ [Accessed 20 October 2017]