Which Party’s Policies Really Push Population Control?

One of the favorite memes of anti-abortion activists is that Planned Parenthood secretly exists as a means of population control, supported by a Democratic party who hates large families.  Often, they cite founder Margaret Sanger’s interest in the eugenics movement nearly a century ago, and a current proliferation of clinics located in highly dense, urban areas as a sign that the organization nefariously wants to curb the people’s means of reproducing.

Now, former Planned Parenthood worker and current anti-choice darling Abby Johnson has unveiled the secret “population control” blueprint she claims that the reproductive health centers have been in cahoots with for decades.  Referred to as the “Jaffe Memo,” it’s an action plan of policy bullet points that Frederick S. Jaffe, vice president of Planned Parenthood, wrote 50 years ago in response to an administration question about how to dissuade worldwide overpopulation.  “What is in the memo as a ‘solution’ to overpopulation is astonishing,” Johnson writes. “And, I’m sorry to say, it looks like the Jaffe memo is starting to show its face in our culture.”

And for once, I agree with Johnson.  After all, here are just a few of the suggestions the memo offers:

Reduce/eliminate paid maternity leave or benefits;

Reduce/eliminate children’s or family allowances;

Eliminate welfare payments after first 2 children;

Require women to work and provide few child care facilities;

Limit/eliminate public-financed medical care, scholarships, housing, loans and subsidies to families with more than N children

Housing policies – discouragement of private home ownership, stop awarding public housing based on family size;

There’s just one slight problem when you start to look at the memo more closely.  Of those policies that have been “showing its face” so far, the ones that actually stop births — more access to contraception, more access to abortion, improving maternal health with a focus on family planning — have all been fought by the GOP, who are claiming the Democrats are anti-family.  But for those are becoming a part of the United States culture — an end to maternity leave, reducing welfare and social safety net programs, “forcing” women into the workforce by providing them with no other way to successfully support their children — are all a part of the Republican agenda.

Are Democrats trying to “control” the population?  Maybe a little, and at the same time ensure each child can be provided for.  Meanwhile, the Republican party seems to want all of the babies, but none of the costs that go with them.

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Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

If people would be able to think for themselves, they self could/would take control.

Bette M.
Bette M.4 years ago

Thank you Lin P.
Man has become a slave to his own intelligence
and man, animals and the earth will die as a result
of our greedy selfish want of power & control of

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

Lin Penrose
Lin Penrose4 years ago

Human Over population is a world-wide epidemic that is many times worse than any other disease this planet has encountered. It should be categorized along with large asteroid collisions, major climate change, and others that have the ability to completely disable life on this plant. We humans have been encouraged to reproduce by governments, religions and other leader organizations for various, selfish reasons, long after the need of species replication was gone. WE have now come to the point of being a reason the planet & nature will do what we could and should have done long ago. Using the intelligence, knowledge, commonsense, empathy and other abilities, we can Balance some of the problems. Not all, we have gone too far.

Support intelligent, knowledgable & compassionate reproductive planning, with long-term awareness. Reject those who would have you do differently. Compassion for the planet, other living beings and natural systems that support our survival as well. We humans have forgotten that we are A Part Of the earth, not apart From it. Past time to acknowledge where we come from, and treat the Whole planet gently, with balance and caring always in mind.

Bette M.
Bette M.4 years ago

Amen Nicole G.!!!!!!
These anti abortion people
make want to puke!!!!!

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

Nicole G.
Nicole Gorman4 years ago

OMG - the embedded link to the "Jaffe Memo" took me to a website that chilled me to my core. Some of the comments written are just as scary and in my personal opinion close minded. Remember folks, Planned Parenthood doesn't JUST provide birth control and abortions. It provides health care to women, including expectant mothers who have chosen to give birth, testing and treatment for STDs, testing for numerous other conditions and illnesses that have NOTHING TO DO WITH SEX!!!, etc...

Brian M.
Past Member 4 years ago

Nature is already enforcing its population control policies for humans in many parts of the world. As the mass extinction event unfolds, nature's population control mechanisms will hit every nation, including the U.S.

Mike Chrissie
Mike Chrissie4 years ago

Let's see if I understand, the tax payers pay for 12 years of state education for every american, and then you want the tax payers to pay for her birth control pills and if a gal gets PG you think the tax payer should pay for her abortion. Just when does this moron have any responsibility for any of her choices.

cecily w.
cecily w.4 years ago

There is a new website--www.bedsider.org--that presents contraceptive options (including sterilization and "natural family planning") in contemporary, non-scientific language.

Most posters in this conversation don't seem to need it, but in case you want to refer others . . .

Mark Stevenson
Mark S.4 years ago

Nature has it's own version of population control. It's called catastrophes and diseases. Maybe if we wait awhile, nature will cull mankind. (However, we still need to stop breeding if we can't continue feeding)

Mark Stevenson
Mark S.4 years ago

Exactly what I've been saying. The repubs (who want to abolish birth control and abortions) want more slaves and soldiers, so they want to turn all capable women into baby making machines.Men get their pleasure and walk away, while the woman have to carry the baby for 9 months. It's fine if you want to, but you should have a choice of not having to.