God And Government - Part V: Eugenics and Abortion
Abortion not only cuts off the life of a baby, but it also cuts off the progeny of a family. Although we may never change the ideology of death that is gaining momentum in the world today, we can seek to change the hearts of individuals by the preaching of the gospel.
We must give them the truth! Truth is a person—Jesus Christ. It is only through an encounter with God that will bring true transformation to individuals. Minds can be swayed with facts, but an encounter with Jesus Christ changes both heart and mind. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” In contrast to Jesus Christ, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 16:25). We must ever seek to go God’s way if we are to secure life for ourselves and life for our unborn children.
Understanding The Facts
According to the World Health Organization, annually an estimated 56.3 million babies die from abortion worldwide. That’s approximately one baby aborted every 1.8 seconds. Fifty-eight percent of all women having abortions are in their 20s. Black non-Hispanic women have the highest abortion ratio—444 abortions per 1,000 live births—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Another concerning statistic is that more than seven in 10 women obtaining an abortion report a religious affiliation. Thirty-seven percent claim to be Protestant while 28 percent are Roman Catholic. Seven percent are other religions, and the remainder do not claim any particular religious affiliation.
Last month, we dealt with Margaret Sanger’s efforts to expand the eugenics movement through her advocacy of sterilization and abortion. Sanger was a feminist and liberal sex crusader. To her, women with multiple children were prohibited from female independence. After World War II, eugenicists sought to expand their avenues of influence and Sanger’s Planned Parenthood became a worthy candidate. In order to make their cause palatable to an unsuspecting public, they sought to use a more liberal and inviting approach. In a speech given in 1956, Frederick Henry Osborn, founding member of the American Eugenics Society and member of the Galton Institute said, “Let’s stop telling everyone that they have generally inferior genetic qualities for they will never agree. Let’s base our proposals on the desirability of having children in homes where they will get affectionate and responsible care, and perhaps our proposals will be accepted.”
The Family Planning Association and the International Planned Parenthood Federation opened in 1952. Ironically, it was headquartered in the Eugenics Society offices. The Eugenics Society created another organization in order to help advance their agenda. They founded the Population Council, funded by Rockefeller money. What was their mission? Research to find and create more effective birth control. They were soon able to develop oral birth control—the pill—and the intrauterine device (IUD). Funding from the Population Council and Planned Parenthood enabled the pill to be introduced in the US market in 1960. The IUD offered eugenicists an effective avenue for birth control because once inserted, the IUD would prevent women from having children for years.
Another challenge for the eugenicists was state laws that controlled birth control and contraception since the turn of the century. Planned Parenthood boldly went against the Comstock “no contraceptives” law in Connecticut and opened clinics throughout the state. Their effort was to reverse the contraceptive laws in Connecticut. The landmark case of Griswold v. Connecticut decided that the Comstock law was unconstitutional, and the clear effect of the law, they decided, was to deny disadvantaged citizens access to medical assistance and up-to-date information in respect to proper methods of birth control. A majority vote of the Supreme Court invalidated the law on grounds that it violated the right of marital privacy, establishing the basis for the right to privacy with respect to intimate practices. In other words, a right of protection from government intrusion. The right to privacy clause became the precedent to later Supreme Court decisions, such as, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Up this point, birth control was now legal for married couples, and in the 1972 case Eisenstadt v. Baird, it would also be legal for unmarried.
In 1960, conception was defined as the moment of fertilization, in other words, when the egg meets the sperm. By this definition abortion was illegal, thus making the pill and IUD illegal. In order to make their abortion methods legal, they sought to change the definition of conception.
By 1970, the newer and widely promoted position on conception was that it began with fertilization and ended with implantation in the uterus. In other words, it was not a baby until it was implanted in the uterus. This is how they can call abortion “contraception” instead of murder. The eugenicists had also successfully taken the sexual revolution, fostered by Sanger and Anaïs Nin, to a new low. During the post-World War II era, the Rockefeller Foundation had funded a fraudulent sex study by Dr. Alfred Kinsey. His perversity was done in the name of scientific research and supplied fodder to the sexual revolution for the benefit of the eugenicists. Their next step was to legitimize murder and sexual promiscuity by legalizing abortion.
On January 22, 1973, abortion was legalized by the Supreme Court. The Roe v. Wade decision would stamp the greatest evil on America’s history. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, appointed by Republican President Richard Nixon, became one of the most liberal Justices on the Court, and supplied the opinion of the Court on Roe v. Wade on the issue of the constitutionality of laws that criminalized or restricted access to abortions. On the same day that Roe v. Wade was decided, another opinion by the Supreme Court was issued in the Doe v. Bolton case.
It is very interesting to observe that Justice Blackmun directly cited Glanville Williams and Christopher Tietze, both members of the British Eugenics Society. Blackmun also cited seven times from Lawrence Lader’s book, Abortion. In his book, Lader expressed gratitude to Williams and Tietze. Lader also cited five American Eugenics Society members and The Abortion Law Reform Association, which included Julian Huxley and other members of the Eugenics Society.
There can be little doubt that efforts by eugenicists have helped with the destruction of human life to further their agenda in making a master race. The RU-486 pill was created by the same company that created Zyklon B gas for the Nazi gas chambers. Coincidence?
Is there a deeper battle being waged by the eugenicists that is being played out in the court of public opinion? Are the opinions of the public birthed out of the propaganda of the eugenicists that was strategically infiltrated into our society? The sad reality is that the outcome of abortion is killing us from within. Our legal system has been successfully used to make laws protecting sinners who offend God and anyone else who loves God.
“Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood…And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the LORD our God shall cut them off (Ps. 94:20-21, 23).