Reflections on the Jaffe Memo

[This is adapted from a much longer essay by WI-LFL’s president Anthony Horvath, which can generic cialis 5 mg be read on his personal blog.]

Former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson has set the pro-life blogosphere on fire with her posting of the ‘Jaffe Memo,’ a memorandum written by Frederick S. Jaffe, former vice-president of Planned Parenthood.  Jaffe apparently was in charge of PP’s population control agenda.  The memo was written in 1969.

The memo appears to be legit but I haven’t been able to find its original source.  Read it.

This memo has all sorts of blood chilling suggestions- blood chilling if the culture of death does not run through your veins, that is.  Ideas on controlling world population include:

  • Fertility control agents in the water supply
  • Encourage women to work
  • Require women to work and provide few child care facilities
  • Compulsory abortion of out-of-wedlock pregnancies
  • Compulsory sterilization of all who have two children- except for a few who would be allowed three
  • Discouragement of private home ownership
  • Allow certain contraceptives to be distributed non-medically
  • Make contraception truly available to all

Many readers will go through that list and their eyes will simply glaze over for most of it.  WHo believes that sort of thing any more?  But how dare I include this:   “Encourage women to work.”

Who could be against that?

I included that item in order to make a very important point.

I can help make that point here by sharing something from my foreword to Margaret Sanger’s The Pivot of Civilization.  I illustrate it by asking my readers to identify who wrote the following:

 “Indeed, it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society.  Few today consider the situation in the United States serious enough to justify compulsion, however.”

 “As Western society comes to distinguish between those forms of euthanasia that are pernicious and those that are therapeutic- an inevitable consequence of our progress toward liberal humanism- expanded access to neonatal euthanasia appears likely.”

“But you can start immediately to eliminate the barely educated, unhealthy and poor segment of our country. No, I’m not advocating some sort of mass extinction of these unfortunate people.   …  No, government is also going to have to provide vasectomies, tubal ligations and abortions… ”

And which Nazi wrote these words?  Was it Himmler?  Goebbels?  Hitler himself?    The case could be made that any Nazi could have comfortably made these statements, but in fact they were uttered by current ‘science czar’ of the Obama administration, John Holdren (1977), ‘bio-ethicist’ Jacob Appel (2009), and Ron Weddington, co-counsel in the Roe vs Wade Supreme Court case, in a letter to Bill Clinton in 1992.

These are essentially the same ideas and concepts as embodied in the Jaffe Memo, as well as the sort of reasoning seen in Sanger, the eugenicists, and the Nazis;  the words and phraseology are different, for 2 reasons.  1., they are not dumb;  they know that it is not 1930 anymore, and if you talk like a Nazi, people are going to object and 2., they don’t actually think they are Nazis;  true, the ideas may be the same at some points and in some ways, but the Nazis used violence.  And therein lies the difference:  they want to achieve many of the same goals, but without the excessive bloodshed.

Which brings me back to the notion of women and working.  Isn’t it curious to see such a thing on a list of ideas for controlling the world’s population?

Here is our problem:   many of the positions accepted in our society are thought to be defensible on one set of arguments but they were originally advanced on an entirely different set of arguments.   The previous arguments have been forgotten, but the policies they advocated remain!  I don’t know about the reader, but I get a little nervous about a particular position that was advocated, sometimes for the first time, by nazis, communists, and eugenicists.

The Jaffe Memo shows what anyone who has ever looked into Planned Parenthood and its roots will see:  Planned Parenthood doesn’t care at all about ‘women’s liberation’ and never has.   The average person on the street thinks that the crux of the abortion issue centers on whether or not a woman has the ‘choice’ to do as she pleases with her own body.  Wrong!

That’s how PP sold abortion to the masses, but that’s not their own agenda.

But isn’t it possible to take such issues on their own merits, irrespective of who advocated similar positions in the past?  Perhaps.  However, the fact that we may come up with our own answer doesn’t mean that there was a need to ask the question in the first place.   Why do we need to encourage women to work?  Doesn’t that imply that Jaffe recognized he was proposing that they guide women into doing something that they would not otherwise want to do?  The contempt that Jaffe has for homemaking is clear from the memo, which I implore you to read for yourself.

But this article is not about women working, it is about accepting the premises of questions that are put before us by people who are wicked and evil.  As illustrated by the Jaffe Memo, we know that they are not telling us the truth about their motives in ‘asking.’

Let me give one more illustration of this point from the Jaffe Memo. Not listed above, but in the memo itself, was this population control measure:  “Encourage increased homosexuality.”

Homosexuality is advocated as a basic human right by Planned Parenthood and there is no question that society has increased its level of hostility towards those who stand in the way of people ‘loving’ each other in whatever manner they want.  Such people must be hate-mongerers!  And we all know what to do with such hate-mongerers;  outlaw their hate-speech and put them in prison…  and some would go further- all in the name of tolerance, of course.

But the Jaffe Memo raises a very distinct possibility:  the push to normalize homosexuality was never about ‘equal rights’ or ‘human rights’ or ‘free and unrestrained sexual contact between consensual adults’ but about controlling the world’s population.  Perhaps the normalization of homosexuality is not about ‘free love’ but a deliberate and concerted effort to control the quantity and quality of the population?  The Jaffe Memo (and numerous sources like it) demands that we give the possibility consideration.

It is has never been more important to carefully examine what one believes and why one believe its.  If you do not carry out this work, you may end up condemning the communists, nazis, and eugenicists… all the while, carrying out their work.

Anthony often speaks about the ‘culture of death’ and is available to speak to churches and organizations both inside and outside of Wisconsin.

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