“There is only one country in the world for which we project the median fertility to not fall below 2.1 children in the projection period between 2010 and 2100,” said the UN Population Division in the 2010 Population Estimates and Projections Revision. In their informative video series, Overpopulation Is a Myth, The Population Research Institute explains, “by the end of this century, we’ll be losing 1 billion people every twenty years.”

The delusion that planet earth is overpopulated and spiraling into uncontrollable and unsustainable population growth is one of the most destructive myths of our time, and is responsible for the deaths of millions. From Paul Ehrlich’s ludicrously inaccurate predictions in The Population Bomb, to climate change alarmist Al Gore’s recommendation of “better choices” to curb what he considers excessive childbearing in developing countries, scare tactics have been shamelessly employed for the purpose of nurturing the big and burgeoning myth of overpopulation.

In 1970, President Richard Nixon signed a bill establishing the Commission on Population Growth and the American Future, known as the Rockefeller Commission, chaired by John D. Rockefeller III. Two years later, this same Commission released the 1972 Rockefeller Commission Report on U. S. Population. The report recommended,

“that present state laws restricting abortion be liberalized…such abortions to be performed on request by duly licensed physicians under conditions of medical safety. In carrying out this policy, the Commission recommends that federal, state, and local governments make funds available to support abortion services in states with liberalized statutes [and] that abortion be specifically included in comprehensive health insurance benefits, both public and private.”

Enter Roe v. Wade, the tragic landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme court to legalize abortion.  There has been a lot of talk lately of yanking federal funding from the world’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, due to abuses uncovered by the Live Action video team and other investigators. While we’re commonly told that the Hyde amendment prevents taxpayer dollars from paying for abortions, this claim is so ridiculous that it hardly even merits a response.

But what if Planned Parenthood didn’t cover up child sex abuse or provide abortions? Then would it be OK to support them? I mean, what’s wrong with providing free condoms to couples who don’t want kids, right?

What many people – even pro-life people – don’t realize is that Planned Parenthood isn’t just about abortion. It’s about population control, and it always has been. Abortion is just a means to that end. In fact, it’s only one of many despicable means to that end. Get ready to be properly horrified, because I’m about to offer for your reading pleasure one of Planned Parenthood’s deepest, darkest secrets: The Jaffe Memo.

In 1969, Planned Parenthood was asked by the government to produce some ideas to help with overpopulation. They came up with a sheet of “Measures to Reduce U.S. Fertility,” known as The Jaffe Memo, after Planned Parenthood’s then-Vice President, Frederick Jaffe.


This shocking table includes the following suggestions as policy changes suitable to an agenda of population control:

-Restructure family

-Postpone or avoid marriage

-Alter image of ideal family size

-Compulsory education of children

-Encourage increased homosexuality

-Educate for family limitation

-Fertility control agents in water supply

-Encourage women to work

-Compulsory abortion of out-of-wedlock pregnancies

-Compulsory sterilization of all who have two children except for a few who would be allowed three

-Confine childbearing to only a limited number of adults

-Payments to encourage sterilization

-Payments to encourage contraception

-Payments to encourage abortion

-Abortion and sterilization on demand

Unfortunately, The Jaffe Memo is just one particularly frightening example of Planned Parenthood’s obsession with population control methods. Kirsten Powers explains,

“According to its most recent tax filing, the purpose of Planned Parenthood Federation of America is to provide leadership in ‘achieving, through informed individual choice, a U.S. population of stable size in an optimum environment; in stimulating and sponsoring relevant biomedical, socio-economic, and demographic research.’”

Okay, so Planned Parenthood is all about population control. But what’s the big deal? What’s wrong with population control efforts, as long as they are implemented through “informed individual choice”? I would answer that question with another question: how can it be the proper function of the government to take sides on such a controversial issue and spend taxpayer money to indoctrinate the population?  Are our reproductive rights not being violated when the government uses our money to fund organizations that have suggested such far-fetched and ridiculous ideas as those in the Jaffe Memo? Are we being fairly treated, citizens of the United States? Or are we being brainwashed?

In addition to all of this, there’s one other really big point that makes the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood utterly ridiculous: overpopulation is a myth! Human Life International puts it best:

“Over the past 40 years, there has been much disagreement over whether or not population control programs are necessary for those nations with the most rapidly growing populations. There can be no disagreement now, however, except among those organizations whose incomes depend upon it. The time for population control has come and gone. It is now necessary to plan ahead. We have successfully averted a ‘population explosion,’ and now we must work just as hard to avoid a ‘population implosion.'”

The problem is that fertility rates are dropping worldwide, and while the population may be going up right now, growth is actually going to start slowing very soon. When the government gives taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood, they are forcing you to contribute monetarily to an outdated cause that is not supported by science. You are being coercively required to fund the dramatic population decline of the human race.

Bryana Johnson // Texas A&M University // @hightidejournal