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Broad, Francis Alfred (1874-1956)

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Title

Broad, Francis Alfred (1874-1956)

Subject

Broad, Francis Alfred

Description

Politician who served as a Member of Parliament, and belonged to the Labour Party.

Contributor

Johnson-Flenga, Circe (created stub)

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Identification

Language

English

Type

Stub

Coverage

Hammersmith, London, England
London, England
Edmonton, London, England
Ware, Herfordshire, UK

Person Item Type Metadata

Birth Date

1874

Birthplace

Hammersmith, London, England

Death Date

1956-01

Occupation

Politician
Scientific Instrument Maker

Biographical Text

Francis Alfred Broad was born in Hammersmith, London in 1874. He served in the House of the Parliament from 1922 to 1931 and then from 1935 to 1945. He was a Labour Politician. He was a scientific instrument maker but was also a birth control activist, known for being involved in The Worker's Birth Control Group along with Dora Russel Frances Huxley, H. G. Wells, amidst many others. Broad was involved in several discussions with the Ministers of Health regarding birth control, notably with John Wheatley and John Chamberlain. When Broad asked Chamberlain and Wheatley on their positions and plans regarding the release of information on birth control, both men were reluctant to answer. Chamberlain believed that information on birth control should only be given by private doctors or hospitals, only if there are "medical grounds" for a woman to have access to this information. The members of The Worker's Birth Control Group disagreed with Chamberlain, and found it unjust, and classicist for the information on birth control to be privatized due to the fact that most working women cannot afford private doctors, and therefore wouldn't be granted access to crucial information. John Wheatley's response was vague and incomplete by stating that "A clear distinction must be drawn between allowing access to knowledge, and actually distributing knowledge".

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