Meet White House Doctor Death Number Two

John Holdren WH Science Czar

Or, Reproductive Rights Aren’t What You Thought They Were!

You mean you want to keep your baby? No, I’m sorry honey – that’s not allowed any more. We told you not to have children. Now, just come along like a good girl; it won’t hurt much. Just think of how you’re doing your part to save the planet from overpopulation! It’s such a small sacrifice for you to make.

What’s that you ask? Does Dr. Holdren let his granddaughters have children? Why that’s just not a question you should be asking. It isn’t any business of yours whether he chooses to have a family.

Don’t you give me that look! Look, we do this the easy way or the hard way…

What in the world am I talking about!? Am I trying to be a bad novelist?

I wish that were so, but this is an all too conceivable scenario with the appointment of the new White House Science “Czar”.

Now that Dr. Zeke Emanuel and his plans for end-your-life-sooner-than-you-thought services have been outed (oh, and he’s mighty unhappy about it ), another monster has surfaced from deep within the bowels of the Obamanation that maketh desolate.

Here are some excerpts from the writings of Dr. John Holdren, now Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy:

…it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution…

It would even be possible to require pregnant single women to… have abortions…

Somewhat more repressive measures for discouraging large families have also been proposed…

The third approach to population limitation is that of involuntary fertility control. Several coercive proposals deserve discussion…

A program of sterilizing women after their second or third child might be easier to implement… in China, mothers of three children are commonly “expected” [Dr Holdren’s use of quotation marks here – lm] to undergo sterilization).

The development of a long-term sterilizing capsule… opens additional possibilities for coercive fertility control. The capsule could be implanted at puberty and might be removable, with official permission, for a limited number of births…

Some people—respected legislators, judges, and lawyers included—have viewed the right to have children as a fundamental and inalienable right. Yet neither the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution mentions a right to reproduce…

In the United States, individuals have a constitutional right to privacy and it has been held that the right to privacy includes the right to choose whether or not to have children, at least to the extent that a woman has a right to choose not to have children. But the right is not unlimited. Where the society has a “compelling, subordinating interest” …the right of the individual may be curtailed.

It is often argued that the right to have children is so personal that the government should not regulate it… In today’s world, however, the number of children in a family is a matter of profound public concern… Why should the law not be able to prevent a person from having more than two children?

And so on… I’m sure you get the picture. But it’s not a pretty one.

I would very much like to think that this is not the first time you’ve heard of this, but I didn’t know about it myself until yesterday. If this is as much news to you as it was to me, I suggest you start with the Wikipedia article from which I drew these quotes, if only because of Wikipedia’s generally acknowledged authoritative standing, and then progress to the Zombietime Blog post on the matter, including a rather common sense treatment of how the hell this man got past a nomination committee of the US Senate. Basically, he lied. Well, Zombietime didn’t actually say that, I did. I look at Zombietime as more of a ball carrier – maybe a tight end – and I feel it’s more my job as a lineman to add my shoulder to the push, to try to shout to the world, “Look out! Heads up, before it’s too late!”

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