Ken Blackwell

Common sense tells us that population control will provoke the peoples of Asia against the U.S. In this and other lesser developed lands, U.S. financial backing for population controllers is a lightning rod for anti-Americanism. The late Shah’s support for such plans helped spark a revolution against him and against “the great Satan” that supported him.

American taxpayers do not want to pay for population control abroad. Americans know there are gross abuses throughout these projects. In India, in the 70s, tens of thousands of teenage boys were vasectomized at the prodding of the Indira Gandhi government. In Peru, native peoples were pressured into sterilizations. All of this is done in our name, and we bear the onus of these self-defeating projects.

John F. Kennedy appealed powerfully to the peoples living in “the huts and villages of half the globe.” He sent Peace Corps volunteers to help with clean water projects, building roads and schools. This was America at her best. Ronald Reagan defended religious liberty and upheld human dignity with his Mexico City policy of not funding international abortionists.

Trying to limit the populations of non-white peoples throughout the world can only provoke anti-Americanism. Exporting abortion—as we are now doing under President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—is not just a “social issue.” It is a national security issue. It will spur enlistments for Al Qaeda and other international terrorists.

By re-adopting the Mexico City doctrine, we will put ourselves on the side of the world's "poor huddled masses yearning to breathe free." For the sake of human rights, fiscal responsibility, and a conservative vision of limited government, the time has come for the U.S. to cease funding all population control projects abroad. It’s the common sense approach. Family, faith, and freedom--these are principles that can form a solid basis for American foreign policy in the future.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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