Planned Parenthood produced a controversial memo in 1969 that compiled strategies for population control that were being proposed at the time.
At the time it was produced, the ideas were written off as utter tyranny under the assumption that a free society would never submit to such extremes.
The proposals included plans for “restructuring the family,” encouraging homosexuality, tax-funded abortion, and sterilization.
While these ideas may sound like the Democratic Party’s agenda today, they were put forward at the time as methods of keeping population numbers down.
Authored by Fredrick S. Jaffe, the memo is called the “Jaffe memo.”
Jaffe was a vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America who founded the pro-abortion organization now known as the Guttmacher Institute.
A table in the memo summarizing the population control ideas was spotlighted this week by journalist Matt Walsh, who pointed out that nearly all of the proposals have been implemented 50 years later.
See the table from the “Jaffe memo” here and an image of it below:
Among other drastic measures, the plan sought to use media propaganda and education to convince the public to rethink societal norms.
The “proposed measures to reduce fertility” included:
- Restructure family:
a) Postpone or avoid marriage
b) Alter image of ideal family size
- Compulsory education of
- Encourage increased
- Educate for family
- Fertility control agents in
- Encourage women to work
The memo was the subject of a 1973 Senate hearing chaired by Republican Sen. Alan Cranston.
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Jaffe insisted in a letter to Cranston that the listing of the ideas did not equate to endorsement by Planned Parenthood.
He said, “the memorandum makes clear that neither I nor the Planned Parenthood Federation of America advocates any of the specific proposals embodied in the table which go beyond voluntary actions of individual couples to space and limit births.”
In the memo, Jaffe emphasized contraception as a means of controlling the population.
He argued that if contraception successfully curbed the birthrate, compulsory methods wouldn’t be needed.
He wrote that “the achievement of a society in which effective contraception is efficiently distributed to all, based on present voluntary norms, would either result in a tolerable rate of growth or go very far to achieving it.”
“If this hypothesis is basically confirmed, it would negate the need for an explicit U.S. population policy that goes beyond voluntary norms,” he said.