Reply: USAID Interference in Kenyan Poltics

President Obama, and many of his predecessors since 1974, has promoted a series of population reduction policies throughout the developing world.  Their primary tool has been the innocuous phrase “family planning” but always, at some level included abortion. It was written; for instance, in the then secret foreign policy document (1974) NSSM 200:  “No country has reduced its population growth without resorting to abortion.” This idea of “family planning” remains the rock bottom idea of many of our aid programs and has even resulted (apparently) in decisions regarding loans for infrastructure improvements from the IMF.   Some of the major players in this field are the Rockefeller Foundation, UNFPA, USAID, International Planned Parenthood, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and more recently the GHI.  In 2005, USAID boasted that through their efforts in developing countries (excluding China) that the birthrates in those countries had been reduced from 6 children per family (in the 1960’s) to slightly more than 3…a reduction of nearly 50% in one generation.  Bill Gates, has stated, that, through his foundation, he expects to reduce the world’s population by one billion people by 2050. Today, political opponents of these ideas have used restrictions on funding to try and control excesses inherent in such programs but most are being slowly eroded away.  Some of the past and current restrictions include the Mexico City Doctrine, the Hyde Amendment (national), and the Helms, Leahy, and Silijander Amendments (international).  One day after President Obama took office he rescinded the Mexico City Doctrine, and in 2009 implemented the Global Health Initiative (GHI), at a cost of 63 billion dollars to the US taxpayer.  The GHI has, as part of its mandate, “family planning services” and the elimination of “millions of unwanted pregnancies” in developing countries.  The head of USAID, Dr. Rajiv Shah, oversees the GHI, which is headed by Lois Quam, both appointees of President Obama.  Dr. Shah, prior to his appointment, worked for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation serving as a director of the Foundations Global Health Program and its Global Development program. Lois Quam was a senior advisor in Hillary Clinton’s task force (during the 1990’s) that promoted a government takeover of health care including tax payer funded abortions.  Please note the Operations Committee of the GHI includes deputies from the Office of Science and Technology, headed by John Holdren.  Please note that John Holdren (in 1977) stated:  “Indeed, it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society.” The current scandal regarding USAID’s interference in Kenyan politics, regarding the promotion of abortion, is merely a continuation of US foreign policies going back nearly 50 years.  But we must ask why is the US concerned with reducing populations in foreign countries?: A look at NSSM 200 gives us a pretty clear picture:  “Population growth in the developing world threatens U.S. security in four basic ways:  First, certain large nations stand to gain significant political power and influence as a result of their growing populations.  Second, the United States and its western allies have a vital interest in strategic materials which have to be imported from less-developed countries. Third, societies with high birthrates have large numbers of young people, who are more likely than older people to challenge global power structures. And last, population growth in relatively-disadvantaged countries jeopardizes U.S. investments.”  Finally, here is a statement from 1980 from the State department’s Office of Population Affairs, which clearly indicates our government’s abortion policy both nationally and internationally: “There is a single theme behind all our work – we must reduce population levels. Either they [governments] do it our way, through nice clean methods or they will get the kind of mess that we have in El Salvador, or in Iran, or in Beirut. Population is a political problem. Once population is out of control it requires authoritarian government, even fascism, to reduce it. The professionals aren’t interested in lowering population for humanitarian reasons. That sounds nice. We look at resources and environmental constraints. We look at our strategic needs, and we say that this country must lower its population – or else we will have trouble.”


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