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Before World War II and the Nazi Holocaust, Eugenics was cutting edge and fashionable with American Progressives. The Eugenics movement, opposed by conservatives, Christians, and the Catholic Church, pushed for laws, which were passed in many states, which allowed the government to forcibly sterilize women who were deemed to be unfit. These laws were upheld by the Supreme Court in Buck v Bell, a decision written by progressive icon Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Margaret Sanger, with support from the Progressive Rockefeller Foundation, founded Planned Parenthood to encourage birth control and abortion for populations that she described as “dysgenic races” and for women that she described as “useless eaters.” Pre-War support for birth control, sterilization, and abortion was openly based on the premise that certain races should be reduced. Sanger promoted the “Negro Project” in 1939, a project that located birth control clinics in African-American neighborhoods.
Sanger admired the Nazis, her progressive counterparts in Germany. She invited Dr. Ernst Rudin, the Nazi head of the German Society for Racial Hygiene, to write for her magazine. Rudin and a delegation of Nazis were prominent participants in the Third Eugenic Conference in 1932. Held at the Museum of Natural History in New York, the elite conference included a who’s who of American progressive elites.
Birth Control and Abortion received a public relations facelift after World War II. Henceforth, and running in tandem with the agenda of Rockefeller funded sexologist Dr. Alfred Kinsey, birth control and abortion would be promoted as a women’s “right to choose.”
Yet the population control agenda, first articulated by British Professor Thomas Malthus in the early 19th Century, continued to make inroads amongst American liberals. Hugh Moore, a wealthy philanthropist and funder of Margaret Sanger’s International Planned Parenthood Federation, published “The Population Bomb” in the 1950’s. He sought to influence the US government to promote a strong program of birth control in the third world. President Eisenhower rejected the idea as did Presidential candidate Senator John F. Kennedy who was criticized by his more liberal Democratic opponents for being influenced by his Catholic faith on the issue. Margaret Sanger vowed to leave the country if Kennedy were elected.
President Lyndon Johnson changed course and embraced the international population control agenda. Congress would henceforth allocate taxpayer funds to promote brutal programs of forced birth control, sterilization, and forced abortion in the third world. The neo-eugenic program would start with the use of Medicaid money by Johnson’s Secretary of the Interior Stuart Udall to sterilize Native American women. The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare spearheaded a sterilization program in Puerto Rico.
The United States Agency for International Development, USAID, established by Kennedy to promote positive political and economic development in the third world, was used by Johnson and subsequent administrations to promote sterilization and forced abortion in the third world. Dr. Reimert Ravenholt was appointed as director of USAID’s population office with billions of taxpayer dollars earmarked to pressure third world nations to implement draconian eugenic population control programs.
According to “Population Control: Illusory Benefits” by Steven Mosher, Ravenholt “took his work of contracepting, sterilizing, and aborting the women of the world with an aggressiveness that caused his younger colleagues to shrink back in disgust. Ravenholt distributed untold millions in taxpayer funds to the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the Population Council, and other private groups who implemented forced sterilization and abortion campaigns. He used taxpayer money to buy massive quantities of defective and dangerous birth control drugs and devices from drug companies, having been rejected by the FDA, to be disseminated in the third world.
The agenda continued into the Nixon Administration with the issuance of the "Kissinger Report" in 1973, a report which linked foreign aid to third world countries to their reductions of their populations. More recently, the International Planned Parenthood Federation and other population control groups have used substantial State Department grants to promote forced sterilization and abortion in Communist China. Excellent documentation on all of the above can be found in the just published book “Merchants of Despair” by Robert Zubrin.
The progressive idea today regarding women is that the ultimate virtue for women, and for men, is to be able to have sex anytime without consequences or emotional attachment. Sigmund Freud referred to this as “polymorphous perversity.” Freud held up as the ultimate virtue the right to have sex with anyone, anywhere, at any time and under any circumstances. He viewed his opponents as “repressed” and therefore as mentally ill. Certainly nothing excites the emotions of progressives more than the idea that women should have the right to abortion on demand and birth control.
To progressives, women are objects, cannon fodder, in their collectivist agenda. Ironically, conservatives view women the same way they view men. Conservatives hold as a virtue for both women and for men the right to individual rights, the right to the life sustaining values that accompany the existence of the sovereign family, limited government that promotes political and economic stability and success, and an empowering moral code that buttresses all of the above.