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The Jaffe memo: a disturbing compilation of population control measures

A blog from last November brought to light a memo, compiled by former Planned Parenthood vice president Fredrick Jaffe, that depicts rather Orwellian notions of population control from 1969.  There has been skepticism regarding its legitimacy, but the memo in its entirety in context is available right here. (For those of you without a JSTOR account, a copy of the page containing the original memo can be found here.)

The Jaffe Memo is a list of “examples of proposed measures to reduce U.S. fertility” produced by Frederick Jaffe. Jaffe was associated with Planned Parenthood Federation of America from 1954 to 1974, eventually becoming the vice president of the organization.

In 1968, Jaffe founded the PPFA Center for Family Planning Program Development, which later became the Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood’s research arm. Alan F. Guttmacher, for whom the institute is named, was the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and a leader in the International Planned Parenthood Federation in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Here are a few of the proposals that the memo evaluted.

Postpone/avoid marriage

Alter image of ideal family size

Regardless of how you feel about cohabitation, single parenting, or premarital/nonmarital sex, there is no denying that these two aspects of the memo have absolutely been instilled into our society over the last few decades. There are now over ten times as many couples cohabitating today as there were back in 1960. In 1960 (just before contraception became legal and widespread), married couples accounted for almost three-fourths of homes, whereas today they account for fewer than half. Also in 1960, 5.3% of babies were born to unmarried mothers, but today, the percentage is up to 40.8%. In 1970, the number of married couples with their own children made up 40.3% of households, while that percentage fell to 24.1% by 2000.

Fertility control agents in the water supply

At the time this memo was created, there was talk of poisoning water supplies with birth control chemicals without the consent or knowledge of consumers – to the point that upon resistance, “involuntary control must be imposed.” There was talk of it from 1968 onward.  (Here are twothreefour more newspaper articles).

This wasn’t the first time Planned Parenthood was tied to this method of population control: the American Eugenics Society, of which Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was a member until 1956, rallied behind the suggestion of poisoning minority groups without their consent.

Reduce/eliminate paid maternity leave or benefits

Maternity care is on the back burner of American healthcare. In fact, only seven states have policies that cover maternity care in both individual and group policy plans. Thirty-two states have no policy for maternity care, and only half (a record number) of American women now receive maternity leave.

Abortion and sterilization on demand

Since abortion was legalized in 1973, over 55,000,000 unborn children have lost their lives in the name of “choice.” Today, about 1,200,000 abortions are performed every year, 15,600 (1.3%) of which are performed after twenty-one weeks’ gestation. Roe vs. Wade declared elective abortion a right until the unborn child was viable. Its counterpart case, Doe vs. Bolton, which was decided the same day as Roe, declared that an abortion could be obtained after viability to protect a woman’s health.

Doe states that “medical judgment may be exercised in the light of all factors – physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age – relevant to the well-being of the patient. All these factors may relate to health.” In other words, a woman may obtain an abortion for virtually any reason whatsoever, during any stage of pregnancy.

Make contraception truly available and accessible to all

By “truly available and accessible to all,” this means distributing birth control to minors as young as thirteen without parental consent. Planned Parenthood teen clinics are popping up throughout the country – Arizona, Iowa, and Texas, just to name a few. No parental involvement necessary. They’re going into schools as well, promising children free condoms and birth control.

Further, “truly available and accessible to all” includes getting birth control and condoms into the hands of underage sexual abuse victims so their statutory rapists can continue to secretly abuse them. It means supplying pimps with birth control to give to their underage sex slaves so they can continue selling young girls’ bodies for profit. That is Planned Parenthood’s idea of “truly available and accessible” contraception.

  • I see that one of the options in that memo–compulsory abortion–has already been introduced in a country that at the time the memo came out was popularly known as “Red China”.

  • Guest

    There was talk of it from 1968 (the time period from which I found two, three, four, five more articles, and I’m sure I missed many more) onward.

    It is likely and entirely understandable that you have missed many more articles.  Any journalist would miss them, given the difficulty of accessing and searching newspapers from that period.  What makes LiveAction’s reporting so special, though, is that you somehow failed to notice that your examples 3, 4, and 5 are the same UPI article published in three different newspapers. 

    You won’t find that kind of stellar attention to detail in the lamestream media.  Kudos!

  • peach

    I find it interesting that the majority of states that have no policy for maternity care are red states. Strict abortion regulations but also limited to no maternal care? And they wonder why we say they don’t care about women.

  • Paulo Mendonça

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    The link is: facebook.com/abortoeumdireito
    Obrigado, my friends!  

  • grdawg

    Instead of just claiming the work is sloppily done, how about you explain what you mean? It’s easy to say something and a lot harder to back it up…

    • Detroiter327

      Well if you read the comments below you will see. There is no reason for me to repeat what several of these readers already picked up on. 

      • Guest

         I will also add that this woman’s last article had to be taken down because it blatantly misquoted (fabricated?) numbers and their relevance.

        She cited her sources, so she hadn’t fabricated them.  She just hadn’t read or didn’t understand any of them.

  • Guest

    I wouldn’t hold your breath…

  • Mitchbehna

    Not only is overpopulation one of the biggest myths and scams of the 20th century but so is man made global warming. The advocates of the global warming claim that humans are causing the increase of CO2 and the destruction of the planet with their claims of higher temperatures, giving them another excuse to get rid of humans through abortion. Global warming is only caused through natural cylces through the thousands of years, not caused by humans.

    • Anonymous

      Are you serious? Are you a climate scientist? Do you have any idea what you’re talking about? The planet does go through natural fluctuations over vast periods of time, but nothing like the rapidly-changing climate we’re experiencing now. There is virtually no debate about this anymore among scientists.

      And overpopulation is absolutely a problem. Here’s one example of a group of scientists who warn that we’re nearing a point from which the earth may never return: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2155322/Rising-populations-driving-Earth-irreversible-tipping-point–scientists-global-government.html The article even states that at the very least, the next generations of humans will probably experience a decline in quality of life. So you people want to protect fetuses, and then ensure that their lives are as miserable as possible?

      • mythought

        No, actually we want to protect unborn babies and then do what we can to make their lives and their parents’ lives good.  Check out pro-life places like Stand With Teen Moms International, Babies of Juarez, and Colorado Family Life Center.  Those are the kind of things we stand for after birth.

        • Anonymous

          Okay, I admit that last part was a little harsh and a generalization, and I’m sorry about that. It was directed at the original poster. It drives me nuts when people so clearly ignore science because they don’t like what it says and then leave the next generation to deal with the consequences of said willful ignorance.

          And for the record, I don’t think abortion is the way to deal with overpopulation, either. That would be through education and easy access to low-cost contraceptives.

          And thanks for being relatively polite in your response; that seems a little rare around here (on both sides).

          • Mitchbehna

            Now you contradict yourself. You say we are overpopulated, and yet we have had contraceptives in this country for years now. So obviously, the contraceptives aren’t working as well as you hoped

          • One must use contraceptives in order for them to work. -The More You Know

      • Mitchbehna

        Overpopulation is a myth. We actually need more young people to work for seniors since social security is running out. 10,000 people retire every day in this country while 4,000 babies a day have been aborted since 1973. That is a problem

      • Mitchbehna

        By the way, there has been no warming for the last 15 years.

  • Mitchbehna

    So you think

  • Well, they corrected it, I see, but while they heaped scorn on Obama while wrongly insinuating that the ACA would limit maternity care, they don’t see fit to give him any credit for writing maternity care into the Minimum Standard of Care that will kick in in 2014 (if SCOTUS doesn’t scrap it all). I guess while it gives Hindu doctors and Presbyterian nurses access to the birth control they might want (while in the employ of Catholics), no other benefits are worthy of discussion. That’s a shame.

  • mary

    This may sound like a stretch to some, (as it was for me prior to my health issues) but I question whether there is a connection to fluoride in our water supply. I am diagnosed with infertility, and through much testing found that it lies in the fact that I have hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism can be caused by fluoride by not allowing the uptake of iodine which is necessary for thyroid functioning. Without proper thyroid functioning, we do not produce the hormones necessary for healthy reproduction.

  • Ingrid Heimark

    Someone obviously got maternity care and leave mixed up

  • pey pey doog

    This is sick