Once again Bob Stannard has chosen to gratuitously bash the Catholic Church. In his recent opinion piece, "It’s More Than Pink Sneakers," he manages to conflate Wendy Davis’s filibuster in the Texas Senate regarding abortion legislation, the positive (?) effects of world-wide population control, and the Catholic Church. He asserts the Church has a myopic, Neanderthal point of view because the Church insists that women have children in the natural order of things. His essays have taken on the nature of an unimaginative, uninformed, one-note screed. Find another institution to get angry over, Mr. Stannard. The Catholic Church ain’t the problem, she is the solution.
You are right, though; it is about more than pink sneakers.
Margaret Sanger is the arch-heroine of the birth control movement in this country. Much of what she accomplished was the fruit of eugenics; the pseudo science that seeks to promote the higher reproduction of more desired people and traits, and to reduce reproduction of less desired people and traits. She advocated birth-control and abortion especially for African-Americans. She was a racist and an anti-Catholic bigot. On both counts she was the darling of the Ku Klux Klan and accepted invitations to speak at their rallies. Search for the "You Tube" video where she is interviewed by Mike Wallace and hear the words from her own mouth.
Madison Grant was an American conservationist and was an advocate of eugenics. He observed that population control/management of herds of deer in the far western U.S. improved the health of the respective herds. He created theories that applied population management strategies to humans. His tome, "The Passing of the Great Race," lamented the ruination of the blue-eyed, blond, Nordic racial strain by the introduction of inferior genes from the darker races; the lower orders. Sound familiar? Adolph Hitler corresponded with Madison Grant, congratulated him on his work, and incorporated much of that pseudo-science into "Mein Kampf" and thus followed Auschwitz, Dachau and Bergen-Belsen, and all the horrors that transpired in those awful places.
When one begins to corrupt the natural order of things -- God ordains His people to be fruitful and multiply -- one lifts the lid off Pandora’s Box and Hell breaks loose. We exist in a "culture of death" as the late John Paul II so aptly named our present circumstances.
China has a one child per family policy and the authorities enforce that policy by unspeakable means including forced abortions and forcible sterilizations. How is that for a woman’s control over her own body?
The Netherlands permits a child 12 years of age to submit to assisted suicide. Also in the Netherlands, euthanasia of psychiatric patients increased by 19 percent in 2011 to a total for that year of 3,695 deaths. How many of those poor folk do you think gave fully informed consent to the process?
We know where all of this started: the eugenics movement of the early 20th century. The trail was blazed right through the heart of Hitler’s Third Reich. But how far will this go? Where will it end? More important, when will it stop?
Mr. Stannard, the Catholic Church and her Neanderthals may well be your last, best defense against the ethos of Margaret Sanger, Madison Grant and Adolph Hitler.