President's Report: Choosing Life - God or State?
Over thirty years ago, on March 11, 1969, a memorandum to Bernard Berelson, President of the Population Council, from Frederick S. Jaffe, Vice-president of Planned Parenthood World Population, outlined examples of proposed measures to reduce United States fertility. Among the measures suggested are: 1) Restructure family: a. postpone or avoid marriage and b. alter ideal family size. 2) Encourage increased homosexuality. 3) Educate for family limitation. 4) Fertility control agents in water supply. 5) Encourage women to work.
Along with these social constraints were to be economic incentives/deterrents such as a substantial marriage tax, child tax, tax married more than single, remove parents tax exemption, and additional taxes on parents with more than 1 or 2 children in school. These economic policies were to be enhanced by social controls including compulsory abortion of out-of-wedlock pregnancies, compulsory sterilization for those who have 2 children, childbearing for only a limited number of adults, permits for children. Additionally, motivation to prevent pregnancy included payments to encourage sterilization, contraception and abortion. Abortion and sterilization on demand and allowing non-medical distribution of contraceptives were part of the plan.
The frightening aspect of this old memo is the fact that many of the suggestions have become a part of our culture today. The population control movement recruited the media and the education establishment to further their goals, which today are an acceptable part of mainstream thinking.
But there are beginning to be voices speaking out. While not mentioning the connection between abortion and breast cancer, new reports by the medical community are saying that having more children, earlier, gives protection against breast cancer. A new book by Sylvia Ann Hewitt, Baby Hunger, which has enraged the feminists, urges women to marry younger and have their families, rather than following a career course.
The sad truth is that the public has been deceived. There is no population problem in the U.S. The population in this country has been below replacement level for over thirty years. In fact, all of the western countries of the world are suffering from negative population rates. It is only through major immigration that those countries are able to sustain their economies. While the United Nations Population Fund is working frantically to force abortion and contraception on reluctant populations around the world, much of it with our tax money, the United Nations Population Division recently issued a report declaring the problem to be under-population, not overpopulation. With fertility rates declining and abortion and contraception and life-spans increasing, the elderly will soon outnumber the young, stressing the already limited funds for social programs for the older segment of our population. Will the solution then be death control for the elderly?
James A. Weber, author of Grow or Die! stated: U.S. population growth in the future will depend on a spiritual rebirth, a religious reawakening, a rekindled faith in the Providence and promises of God. . . . This is a population that believes human life is of inestimable value, that accepts each human life as a gift of God.
Mary Anne Hackett