With recent legislative victories in Vermont, New York, and Illinois, the pro-abortion crowd has been on a roll, racking up win after win at the expense of unborn babies’ lives.
But the likes of Planned Parenthood, the Guttmacher Institute and more might be about to be handed a significant loss in the public opinion space.
A little-known lawyer in Virginia who has a beef with a major donor deeply engaged in advancing population control has won a victory in the Michigan Court of Appeals to unseal documents gifted by said donor to the University of Michigan.
Critics of that donor believe the documents could contain damning information about the donor’s ties to a range of groups, potentially including Planned Parenthood, and anti-immigration groups with significant links to population control organizations.
The donor in question is John Tanton.
The New York Times described his background like this: “Dr. Tanton founded local chapters of Planned Parenthood and the Sierra Club and became the national president of Zero Population Growth.” The paper also reported Tanton having “liberal colleagues in groups like Planned Parenthood and the Sierra Club.”
The LA Times reported in 2013 that Cordelia Scaife May, heiress to the Mellon fortune and also a major league population controller was “a key backer of John Tanton.”
Among Scaife May’s claims to fame? Maintaining a close relationship with “her mother’s friend Margaret Sanger, the social reformer who founded what became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.”
May described Sanger as “the one who put what fun there was into our lives.”
The Times adds that “May became a generous supporter of Planned Parenthood, which in its early days supported population control. May kept a portrait of Sanger in her living room, and a ‘Stop the stork’ bumper sticker on her Mercedes.”
“Her worry in life, almost, was population control,” a friend of May’s told the paper.
Details of May’s relationship with Tanton, her correspondence with Tanton, and Tanton’s relationship with fellow population controllers, and abortion, sterilization and even infanticide advocates are what could be exposed early by virtue of the lawsuit.
When Tanton donated his papers to the University of Michigan, it was on the basis that the full archive would not become available until 2035– a date by which Tanton was expected to have died, and which suggests the existence within it of unsavory details the donor might not want known or publicly searchable while he remains alive.
However, Tanton has also shown demonstrated interest in having his archive reviewed, ostensibly “to show that he and colleagues ‘are not the unsavory types sometimes alleged.’”
Some of the correspondence is currently available. Of that which is, the New York Times wrote that the documents “include hundreds of private letters, some outlining his interest in genetic differences between the races and concerns about the country’s changing ethnic mix.”
That is what the little-known Virginia lawyer is interested in.
But it is not all that could wind up being exposed: Tanton founded and funded the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which still bears a heavy connection to pro-abortion figures with whom Tanton presumably maintained a relationship.
Who is Sarah Epstein? According to her bio on FAIR’s actual website, “Ms. Epstein is an art lecturer and volunteer. She serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including Pathfinder International, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, Center for Development and Population Activities and The Population Institute.”
According to a 2012 paper in the Human Life Review, “In 1988, the New York Times published a letter to the editor by Epstein concerning refugees from China’s one-child policy: ‘I think the Chinese have developed one of the most humane and rational population policies in the world . . . We can learn for our own future. Allowing any pregnant Chinese couple to gain asylum here on assertion of fear of forced abortion at home . . . makes a mockery of our asylum law. . . . Let us work out a rational population policy for our own country and respect policies of other countries that are dealing humanely with the critical need to slow population growth…'”
As her FAIR bio notes, Epstein is also involved with Pathfinder International. What is Pathfinder International? According to the Human Life Review, “Pathfinder International is a major provider of abortions worldwide. Founded by Clarence and Sarah Gamble in 1957, early on Pathfinder made an arrangement with Planned Parenthood whereby it would provide abortions, sterilizations, and contraception overseas, while Planned Parenthood would provide these services in the United States. Pathfinder was a significant conduit for USAID funding for abortions and contraception in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and elsewhere for many years.”
Per the the Human Life Review, Epstein is “also a board member of the Scaife Family Foundation (SFF), which is engaged with Pathfinder in conducting trials of the quinacrine sterilization procedure. When speaking of quinacrine research, Epstein evokes religious tones: ‘I feel like a missionary. Quinacrine is something that can help women help themselves.’ But a Vietnamese woman who was involuntarily subjected to quinacrine sterilization without her permission asked, ‘Did they consider us lab rats so that they could do whatever they wanted with our bodies?'” It’s worth remembering the Scaife Family Foundation is also tied to Cordelia Scaife May, as her name suggests.
Epstein is married to Collins, who the Human Life Review reports founded “the International Services Assistance Fund (ISAF).” ISAF “promotes female sterilization though the quinacrine pellet.” Collins also “was a founding board member of what is now called the Guttmacher Institute.”
What is the Guttmacher Institute? It’s technically a research and policy analysis organization that focuses on abortion– but in the pro-life community, it’s known as one of the major organizations de facto advocating for and defending abortion.
But Collins isn’t merely involved in these groups; according to the Human Life Review, “Donald A. Collins is a founding board member of Ipas,” too.
What is Ipas? “The International Projects Assistance Service (Ipas) seeks ‘to expand the availability, quality and sustainability of abortion and related reproductive health services, as well as to improve the enabling environment.‘ Ipas works mainly in other nations, most famously in those where abortion is prohibited, and produces pamphlets on guidance and use of various abortion methods.” Perhaps most notably, “Ipas is also the manufacturer of the Manual Vacuum Aspiration Kit (MVA), a mobile abortion device.”
Who else is involved with Ipas and FAIR, and Tanton? Robert Gillespie, who “helped Ipas market its MVAs in other countries.”
In addition, as exposed by Tucker Carlson back in the day, once extremely active with FAIR was one Garrett Hardin.
Hardin was a defender of actual, full-on infanticide, taking the view that “In all societies practicing infanticide… the child is killed within minutes after birth, before bonding can occur.”
In Hardin’s view, “A fetus is of so little value, there’s no point in worrying about it.”
Hardin’s pro-infanticide views were defended by FAIR’s current President, Dan Stein, who said Hardin didn’t support “involuntary, coercive infanticide” (it’s unclear what “voluntary infanticide” looks like).
The lawyer bringing the suit against the University of Michigan to get access to Tanton’s archive before 2035 is clearly hoping to find mass evidence of racism, white supremacy and other forms of bigotry.
But it’s actually just as likely– or perhaps even more likely– that when the archive is opened, mass evidence will be uncovered of Tanton, Scaife May and their friends and allies working around the clock to eliminate the supposed scourge of babies from the Earth.
That is a good reason for conservatives to watch this case, and hope that the archive is opened early, especially since Tanton seemed to believe that it would prove he and his friends and allies in this mission were not monsters.