Quotation by Tennessee Claflin

No legislation can suppress nature; all life rushes to reproduction; our procreative faculties are matured early, while passion is strong, and judgment and self-restraint weak. We cannot alter this, but we can alter what is conventional. We can refuse to brand an act of nature as a crime, and to impute to vice what is due to ignorance.
Tennessee Claflin (1846–1923), U.S. journalist, lecturer, and social reform advocate; relocated to England. Talks and Essays, vol. 3, ch. 8 (1897).

Arguing against British laws that limited the rights of illegitimate offspring.
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