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The working title of this film was The Illborn. The film was not allowed to be shown in Pennsylvania on the grounds that it tended to debase or corrupt morals. In March 1916, the National Board of Review expressed disapproval of the film for showings to mixed audiences. Later they approved it for adult showings. According to a Moving Picture World review, the trial of a physician in the film for sending a book through the mails that advocated birth control was "plainly indicative of" the Margaret Sanger case of 1915, in which she was indicted for sending pleas for birth control through the mails. Universal won a case in Brooklyn, NY in 1916 to show the film after the district attorney brought suit against the theater manager and the Universal exchange president. The film showed in New York in April 1916.