I have been referencing the “Jaffe Memo” for some time in presentations and Jaffe on this blog. It is a chilling look at the values and motivations of the ‘movers and shakers’ in the pro-abortion community, especially several decades ago, when they were working like mad to get abortion on demand legalized throughout the United States. Far from being a matter of a “woman’s choice”, and with no regard whatsoever for a “woman’s health”, the primary concern had to do with the number and quality of the people on the earth. The underlying ideology of ‘family planning’ was distinctly eugenic in nature, and had morphed into the ‘population control’ movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Whether or not these values and beliefs drive organizations such as Planned Parenthood to this day is precisely the concern that people have–and the “Jaffe Memo” is the most succinct display of those values in action, from their own mouths, that I am aware of. Hence, the reason I use it so much. (Better than asking people to read fifty books!)
The silence of the pro-abortionists on the “Jaffe Memo” seemed to suggest that it was an incontrovertible piece of evidence, but still, I had never tracked down the original just to make sure that what I had matched what Jaffe actually produced. Never, until recently, that is.
In the main, the reproduction that is in wide circulation is pretty good. However, in comparing the two, it became clear that there were some areas where even better accuracy would have given even better insight. For example, on the old one, the words “Chronic Depression” are bolded, implying that it is some kind of sub-category. But in the original memo, if you can believe it, it is actually just one more idea they had for controlling the population! Yikes!
A more significant insight is gained by looking at the top left on the old one, where you see the two headings: “Universal Impact” and “Selective Impact Depending on Socio-Economic Status.” They kind of just float out there, and didn’t line up with anything. In my mind, I sort of lumped them in with the other ‘bolded’ items, as being categories of some sort. But, in the original, as interpreted by reading the full memo, it becomes more clear that what Jaffe is getting at is that some of the measures are only going to work on those with a lower ‘socio-economic status.’ That is–those things will be most effective when employed against black people.
The racial overtones are undeniable when one reads Jaffe’s full memo (although he does not write as one endorsing the elimination of the black race) and made emphatic when one sees, on the original memo, stated that he is deriving some of his ideas from William Shockley (a eugenicist), who undeniably saw such things in racial terms. These attributions are not present on the version of the memo that is widely being circulated right now.
We do need to put one thing to rest, though. People who have defended Planned Parenthood have done so by protesting that Jaffe was ‘merely’ tabulating some of the ideas that were ‘out there.’ As a case in point, here is what the archivist with the Rockefellers had to say:
The deception is revealed merely by looking at the materials which they provided. Assuming someone is just barely literate, they can quickly determine that the full memorandum, as well as the “Review of the Literature” by Elliott, et. al, are internal documents that have the explicit purpose of helping Planned Parenthood determine the shape of their actions. No, the documents do not in themselves recommend any particular course of action… that’s true.. but neither do they condemn any particular course of action, and, worst of all, are perfectly willing to consider any of them, should they be convinced that they are viable and/or necessary!
Which is the whole point being made by people who use the “Jaffe Memo” to illustrate the evil that we’re maintaining is entrenched in the Planned Parenthood organization and mindset!
I dare say that if any Christian pro-lifer laid down a list of ideas on how to achieve their aims, and included on it something like, “forbid women from working”, the fact that no one picked that up and thought to implement it would make no difference. If that person said, “I was just reviewing the literature!’ there would still be no mercy. The hypocrisy from the pro-choice side is stomach-turning.
That the documents had the purpose that I have stated is, as I said, explicitly described:
I added the yellow line, because I am not certain that Supreme Court justice John Roberts has the basic literacy skills enough to see the connection. Hint: “as a basis for discussion of and action on […] by the Planned Parenthood national organization.”
From Jaffe’s own memorandum, we also see how his purpose was to generate ideas that they could seriously consider implementing. Because he then goes on to reference the racial component to their considerations, I let the quote go on a little further, and underlined that part.
So, we can dispense with this ridiculous idea that “Jaffe was merely cataloging various proposals for population control advocated by others, not Planned Parenthood” and learning about the “sources of the proposals” actually supports the opposite view, that these are sick, twisted people.
The obvious question is this: so just what did Planned Parenthood decide? I think that if you take this memo as your starting point, and are guided by the principle “by their fruits you will know them,” you will be able to come up with some pretty good ideas. Whether or not we ever find the same kind of documentation to prove it, is an entirely different story.
Without further ado, here is the corrected “Jaffe Memo” which you can also download as a PDF: Jaffe_Memo__--_Horvath.pdf (211.5 KiB, 1,941 hits)
For your reference, here is the absolutely original memo… you can see why it has been reproduced… it is a bit hard to read:
As for the full memo, you can download and review it, here: Original Jaffe Memo — Horvath Compilation
And for the Elliot ‘review of literature’ it can be read, here: FPP-US-PopGrowthLitReview — Horvath
For real fun, track down the ‘sources’ for Jaffe’s brainstorming listed at the bottom of his memo! Good stuff!
HT Dave Jaffe, Frederick Jaffe’s own son!