The vast majority of people (even most pro-aborts) would agree that forcing women to have abortions is not a good thing. So where does the coercive population control philosophy come from? It originates in the same place from which all anti-life ideas emerge: The utilitarian philosophy. This worldview holds that a goal that is deemed to be "good" by the people in power may be attained by any means available.
For example, abortionists Selig Newbardt and Harold Schulman claim in their book Techniques of Abortion that:
"An abortion should not infringe upon the rights of any other woman or man. A continuing pregnancy might infringe on these rights, because a new person has to have clean air, clean water, electric power, dispose of his waste materials, be educated, and require protection and health services."
This is precisely the mentality that eventually led to the Chinese forced abortion program. As shown later in this section, many or most of the 'leading lights' of the pro-abortion movement have been calling for mandatory contraception, abortion, sterilisation and euthanasia in this and other countries for more than a quarter of a century.
Since the mid-1970s, the US has been deeply committed to both domestic and foreign population control programs. Tax payer monies from Ireland, amongst other countries, have been used to implement many questionable programs, including, most notably, the Chinese forced-abortion atrocity.One highly sensitive NSC document entitled Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests was written in 1974 and was only declassified in late 1990. This document served as the foundation for the US - and the other countries it influences - anti-natalist population philosophy.
The document states that:
"Commitment to population stabilisation will only take place when leaders of less-developed countries (LDCs) clearly see the negative impact of unrestricted population growth and believe it is possible to deal with this question through governmental action."
For many years, the US government has lavishly funded the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) with tens of millions of tax dollars. Ireland has been doing so for the past number of years also, even though it has been pointed out to them that the funding helps with coercive abortion programmes.
Although spokesmen for the organisation have stridently disavowed responsibility for China's coercive programs, UNFPA's plan was laid out in many of its internal memos, including a January 15, 1985 briefing note entitled The United Nations Fund for Population Activities and China:
UNFPA contributed more than $100 million to China's population control programs
UNFPA bought and custom-designed a $12 million IBM computer complex specifically to monitor the population program
UNFPA provided the technical expertise and personnel that trained thousands of Chinese population control officials
UNFPA presented China with the United Nations' award for the "most outstanding population control program;" and UNFPA only stated that the coercive programs should cease because they were causing the Chinese "negative image problems", not because the programs were inhuman genocide, but because they had been caught in the act
Interestingly, the Chinese Family Planning Association - which implements the coercive program in China -is an affiliate of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). Cash grants from IPPF to the Chinese birth control program rose tremendously about the time the Chinese coercive population control program was publicised.