Domestic Relations: A Mother's Right & Duty

Clearly, it was time for Mrs. Virginia McLaughlin to tell her daughter about sex. At 13, Mary Ann had given birth to a baby boy. Mrs. McLaughlin sternly ordered the girl to avoid boys. Fearing she might not be obeyed, the Cleveland housewife also instructed Mary Ann to make sure that her next partner used a contraceptive (but didn't tell her that she could use one herself).

In 15 months, Mary Ann was a mother again; in eleven months, she had her third child. As a result, Mary Ann was packed off to a state school for juvenile delinquents—while Mrs....