Skip to comments.Planned Parenthood [A look Back - The Wanderer, April 3, 1941]
Posted on 02/16/2014 7:05:12 AM PST by GonzoII
This article appeared in The Wanderer, April 3, 1941. (WOW, Look what we have 70 years later.) A group which calls itself the National Committee for Planned Parenthood has begun a nationwide campaign to have the promotion of birth control included in State and national health programs. The committeewhich, according to propaganda sheets reaching our desk has a branch in Minnesotais said to be composed of more than a thousand leaders in American public life who feel it necessary to focus public attention on the need for planned parenthood, especially among the poorer families. As part of its program the committee is conducting a drive for $625,000 with which it intends to finance its activities. It is working in conjunction with the Birth Control Federation of America. We have here another evidence of the insidious methods of the birth preventionists, says an editorial in the Cincinnati Register. Not so many years ago contraception, rightly recognized as a serious interference with the laws of nature, was admitted to be morally wrong.. Today, as planned parenthood, it is placed side by side with better housing and the community chest and is given the dignified status of a welfare project. This attempt to surround the movement with an aura of civic righteousness is seen in a statement of the Committee for Planned Parenthood: Is the American democracy it is clearly up to thoughtful citizens to see that information about child-bearing is made available not only to the privileged few but to mothers and fathers in homesteads, mining districts, slums, and migrant camps–all American citizens–all who need it for their health and well-being.
The Catholic Church is the only organization that has consistently pointed out the essential evils of the birth control movement. She denounced these evils years ago and She denounces them today. Most other religious groups at least tacitly favor birth control. Even puritanical groups, whose members would have been shocked fifty years ago at the mention of contraception, today do not experience the slightest qualm about disseminating birth control literature. This about-face need not surprise us. The Catholic Church alone is guided by unchangeable moral principals. Other religious groups, even those which are considered the most hide-bound are beginning to adopt the modern dictum that expediency is the only moral standard. If poor families cannot support more than one child, they say, then it is right to urge the poor parents to practice birth prevention.
The Catholic Church, on the other hand , while deploring the fact that some poor families cannot adequately support their children, contends, nevertheless, that no degree of poverty can justify the practice of artificial birth control. The evil can be remedied not by immorally reducing the number of children, but by increasing the income of needy families. The $625,000 to be contributed to the Committee for Planned Parenthood would be wisely spent if it were to be used to find employment for the fathers of destitute families and to promote a more just social system so that parents can rear a family in frugal comfort.
Another consideration that birth preventionists ignore is the possibility of practicing continence and self-control, but this language, unfortunately is not understood by the modern pagans.
Aside from the incalculable moral harm that the Committee for Planned Parenthood will wreak, there is another poison latent in this organization–a danger to Americas democracy. This is the danger of taking one more step in the direction of national regimentation. The words, planned parenthood, are designed to indicate the noble intention of promoting public health and economic well-being, but they also have a sinister ring. Does the committee intend eventually to have the government regulate parenthood? The committee avers that it has only one laudable intention of persuading and aiding parents to use contraceptive methods, but who is to say that this movement may not lead to the enforced use of such methods? Their standards of morality are not above the level of the barnyard.
Oh, come on! It isn't like they support abortion or anything! /s.
Thanks for posting.
We’ve come a long way, baby.
In 1940 Planned Parenthood was not in the abortion business.
As a matter of fact Margaret Sanger, who yes was a crackpot who believed in all sorts of birth control, did not advocate abortion.
While there are cases where even the law recognizes an abortion as justifiable if recommended by a physician, I assert that the hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in America each year are a disgrace to civilization.
In her 1938 autobiography, Sanger notes that her 1916 opposition to abortion was based on the taking of life:
To each group we explained what contraception was; that abortion was the wrong wayno matter how early it was performed it was taking life; that contraception was the better way, the safer wayit took a little time, a little trouble, but was well worth while in the long run, because life had not yet begun.
“Planned Parenthood honors this woman, an unequivocal racist and eugenicist, as a trailblazer and hero of women, particularly poor and ethnic women, and the most noteworthy socio-political cause they champion [abortion], she opposed”
Without question, abortion is a despicable evil practice that destroys the life of another human being. And lest there be any doubt, it is truly offensive to God. Indeed, the taking of any life is offensive to God, because His plan was to have that human life exist in this world with the opportunity to know, love and serve Him until He decides that He wants theyre life should come to a close.
But that being said, does not the act of birth control offend God in precisely the same way? True, the life that God was allowing to be conceived had not yet reached the point of being declared a human life by society; but in the eyes of God, was it not His plan that the life should be conceived? And if so, who are we to thwart the will of God? Perhaps its difficult to equate the taking of a life with that of preventing a life, but that is because we are ignoring the singular reason as to why God has created usto know love and serve Him with all of our heart, mind and soul.
It is necessary for faithful Catholics to focus on the evil of birth control at this time because the bishops of the Catholic Church have all but completely ignored it for 50 years. As a result, many otherwise faithful Catholics are doing the same thing. Great umbrage is taken by the bishops and priests as they piously march along in the Right to Life Marches, but you hear not a word from them on the terribly offensive and mortal sin of practicing birth control.
These bishops have permitted, sometime even encouraged, their priests to ignore this sin and allow the people in the pews to falsely believe that theyre committing no wrong. For these bishops and priests it is a sin of omissiona sin that is every bit as great as the sin of commission. There is no doubt that our societies are in economic turmoil because of the declining birth rate, but far more important than that, the practice of artificial birth control is an enormous offense against God. I pray that each and every one of these bishops and priests wake up in time.
Agree with your post 1000 percent.
Birth control is one way man sets himself up to be God.
One result of this is that women are now seen by men as objects to be used and discarded (since the procreative act is, by birth control, decoupled from the act of procreation).
Being a woman was once a special and honorable thing. Now it is not. Guess why?