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The REAL “Jaffe Memo”

Jaffe Memo - Horvath - image - featured imagePLEASE NOTE: Since writing this post, I have placed much of my research on this, especially primary source material, on a website dedicated to it.  You will find even more information at: http://jaffememo.com/

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:

jaffe memo note - croppedIt is not at all a coincidence that the Rockefellers would lie like this.  They are as complicit in this as anyone.  But that’s another blog post.

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:

Purpose of Jaffe Memo ReviewI 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.

Purpose of Jaffe Memo by JaffeSo, 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, 2,264 hits)

Jaffe Memo - Horvath - image

For your reference, here is the absolutely original memo… you can see why it has been reproduced… it is a bit hard to read:

Jaffe Memo TableAs 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!



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    • A on October 28, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Hello – appreciate the work on the memo. if you don’t already have a list of books on population control, can you share what you do have please? thanks

    • Anthony on October 31, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Hi A,

    That question isn’t easy to answer. Do you mean books documenting population control plots and plans over the years, or do you mean books advocating for population control, and/or relevant books by population control type people?

    A decent example of a book talking about it would be “Fatal Misconception” by Matthew Connellly. Books advocating for it might be “Breeding Ourselves to Death” by Lawrence Lader. Books relevant would be “Limits to Growth” by the Club of Rome or William Vogt’s “Road to Survival.”

    The thing about the population control crowd is that they believe they are entitled to micro-manage every teeny little bit of human existence and experience in a bid to ‘efficiently’ manage us, so there are books that are relevant which do not necessarily scream ‘population control’ … but are. Cass Sunstein’s “Nudge” would be an example out of many.

    I would suggest as a research strategy picking up a book by a known population control advocate (eg, Paul Ehrlich, “The Population Bomb”) and noting which individuals or resources that they themselves mention, and then acquire that material. Then, note which individuals mention THAT guy, and acquire that material. Pretty soon you will have a very large pile of books but you will also have something else: the context of their own ideological development, in their own words, laid out chronologically as it unfolded in time.

    I have a website where I attempted to do that but dropped the project due to time constraints. Still, you might find on the time line page some important starting points for your research.


    Thank you for your comment.

    • Anthony on October 31, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Hi A,

    I realize that my post was not updated to reflect the fact that I have centralized much of my research specifically related to the Jaffe Memo on a separate website. You will find even more information about it, here:



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