Back in 2010, there was the debate involving Representative Bart Stupek and his amendment. Its stated purpose was to prohibit the use of federal funds "to pay for any abortion or to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion" except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the life of the mother. Stupek revealed that House leaders told him, "If you pass this amendment, more children will be born, and therefore it will cost us millions more."
Then there is the recent controversy over the Administration's Health and Human Services mandate that requires nearly all employers -- even Catholic ones -- who provide insurance to their employees to include coverage of birth control services; regardless of their religious convictions.
Sarah Palin dared to suggest that Death Panels would be a part of the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare), and was roundly criticized for fear-mongering. Yet, it seems to me that by attempting to mandate birth control, they are in effect seeking to establish Death Panels for the unborn. As Representative Stupak asked at the time, "Is this how we value life in America?"
Apparently it is. For the last four years the word "Eugenics" has become a part of the national dialogue. Just what does it mean? According to Wikipedia it is: the social movement claiming to improve the genetic features of human populations through selective breeding and sterilization, based on the idea that it is possible to distinguish between superior and inferior elements of society. And it is not a new movement. From the early 20th century, Eugenics has always been widely accepted in the U.S. academic community. (Somehow that doesn't surprise me!) By 1928 there were 376 separate university courses in some of the United States' leading schools, enrolling more than 20,000 students, which included eugenics in the curriculum. Corporate foundations including the Carnegie Institution and Rockefeller Foundation contributed extensive funding to the cause.
"The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it." Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race (Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)
On the purpose of birth control: The purpose in promoting birth control was "to create a race of thoroughbreds," she wrote in the Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921 (p. 2)
On sterilization & racial purification: Sanger believed that, for the purpose of racial "purification," couples should be rewarded who chose sterilization. Birth Control in America, The Career of Margaret Sanger, by David Kennedy, p. 117, quoting a 1923 Sanger speech.
On blacks, immigrants and indigents: "...human weeds,' 'reckless breeders,' 'spawning... human beings who never should have been born." Margaret Sanger, Pivot of Civilization, referring to immigrants and poor people.
On respecting the rights of the mentally ill: In her "Plan for Peace," Sanger outlined her strategy for eradication of those she deemed "feebleminded." Among the steps included in her evil scheme were immigration restrictions; compulsory sterilization; segregation to a lifetime of farm work; etc. Birth Control Review, April 1932, p. 107
On the rights of the handicapped and mentally ill, and racial minorities: "More children from the fit, less from the unfit -- that is the chief aim of birth control." Birth Control Review, May 1919, p. 12
As you can see, unwanted pregnancy was not the only issue the Eugenicists were concerned about. At the core of their agenda was ridding society of "inferior" populations, a philosophy that inspired Hitler and his Nazis.
And just in case you think these comments from the early 1900's have evolved into a more caring and sympathetic Planned Parenthood, read this 1971 assessment of the organization: Planned Parenthood has an unhealthy concept of pregnancy, as it views the state of gestation as an abnormal condition or disease. Speaking for the organization, Dr. Warren Hern refers to human pregnancy as "an episodic, moderately extended chronic condition ... May be defined as an illness ... Treated by evacuation of the uterine contents..."("Is Pregnancy Really Normal?" Family Planning Perspective, Planned Parenthood, vol. 3, No. 1, Jan. 1971, pg. 9).
I want to assure you that the interest in Eugenics has not waned in the ensuing years. John Holdren, the Science Czar of the current Administration, co-wrote a book called Ecoscience in 1977, in which he held forth these views:
• Women could be forced to abort their pregnancies, whether they wanted to or not;
• The population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation's drinking water or in food;
• Single mothers and teen mothers should have their babies seized from them against their will and given away to other couples to raise;
• People who "contribute to social deterioration" (i.e. undesirables) "can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility" -- in other words, be compelled to have abortions or be sterilized.
• A transnational "Planetary Regime" should assume control of the global economy and also dictate the most intimate details of Americans' lives -- using an armed international police force.
I know, I know! This sounds like it came right out of Dr. Frankenstein! But don't be fooled! Read the book yourself! Our leading politicians and government officials are looking for ways to cut funding and medical care costs, and I believe their history speaks for itself.
I recently watched a TV program where handicapped children appeared with their parents. Everyone was concerned over the warning signals that are quite apparent. These children were ALL contributing members of their families, and each parent said their lives had been enriched by the unconditional love of their sons and daughters. The children themselves were not limited by their handicaps or disabilities, and seeing their accomplishments brought tears of joy to my soul.
I want to leave you with this video. Watch it and then tell me that our society would be better off without celebrating the achievement of this precious child. He has Cerebral Palsy and surprised his returning vet father by walking to him for the first time. How can he be deemed "undesirable?" God will surely judge us!
Matthew 19:14 "Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."