By Lionel Rose
Before birth control used to be more often than not to be had, and while abortion used to be fraught with possibility, infanticide used to be a typical option to the matter of undesirable youngsters. Massacre of the Innocents, first released in 1986, exhibits the factors and results of the excessive tide of infanticide in Victorian Britain.
Lionel Rose describes the ways that undesirable and ‘surplus’ babies have been disposed of, and the industrial and social pressures on girls to rid themselves in their burdens by way of covert legal and sub-criminal capability. He discusses the actions of infanticidal and abortionist midwives, and indicates how the practices of rainy nursing and child farming have been heavily concerning infanticide. Unscrupulous coverage salesman even became infanticide right into a ecocnomic enterprise, of their reckless seize for commissions. Infanticide declined with the turning out to be perform of birth control, the lessening of strain of single moms, and as adoption was once made easier.
This is a hard-hitting, scrupulously documented piece of social historical past. This identify may be of curiosity to scholars of historical past and criminology.