According to painstaking research done by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2013, it is believed that the Holocaust claimed the lives of as many as 20 million people (businessinsider.com), a huge increase from the previous estimates of 6 million. The deaths were a result of the Nazi regime’s final solution. The horror of that reality has caused many people to say, “Never again!” And yet, a different kind of holocaust has occurred since then — the holocaust of babies by abortion. Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, it is estimated that there have been over 56 million abortions, using statistics from The Guttmacher Institute and The CDC, from nrlc.org. With this article, I will explain the value of personhood and rightly redefine abortion as genocide.
In the scientific community, there is an understanding that life begins at fertilization. Given this consensus, why are babies being exterminated at such an alarming rate? The answer is simple: babies are denied personhood. This denial of personhood begins with a common argument promoted by pro-abortionists. They acknowledge that the baby in the womb is living, but they deny that the infant is a person. History has shown that genocide follows, with the denial of someone’s personhood. There are many examples of certain groups of people, throughout history, who were stripped of personhood: our Native American brothers and sisters; our African brothers and sisters who were stolen from their homeland and sold into slavery; our Jewish brothers and sisters during WWII; our Cambodian brothers and sisters during Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge revolution; our Bosnian brothers and sisters during the genocide from 1992 to 1995; our Rwandan brothers and sisters; and most recently, all of our brothers and sisters who are being killed in the Middle East by ISIS. Genocide, then, is based on a planned and systematic extermination of a particular group of people, and it is best expressed in terms of flesh-and-blood, not cold, hard statistics.
People aren’t statistics. When confronting the cold, hard realities of genocide in our society, look no further than our front doorstep. Open your eyes and acknowledge that we are witnessing genocide today. The pro-choice movement personally dehumanizes babies, calling them fetuses, burdens, unwanted and unfit. Another popular word used is “property.” Didn’t dehumanizing people as property, end with the abolishment of slavery? Pro-abortionists call themselves “Pro-Choice,” as if that diminishes the atrocities that are committed against a human being. Basically, those who support abortion fail to acknowledge the personhood of a baby in the womb, along with that which is inherent to their being: their future hopes, dreams, rights and membership in the human family.
All people have the right to life — it is the first right upon which all other rights are stacked. But Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America, disagrees. Here are some quotes from the founder, Margaret Sanger, the leader, creator and so-called visionary of Planned Parenthood. “Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race,” from the April 1932 Birth Control Review, page 108. From “Woman and the New Race,” “The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” On Page 12 of her 1922 work, “Women, Morality and Birth Control,” she writes “The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population…..” What do you think about Planned Parenthood, now? Historically, Planned Parenthood has denied personhood to some of the most vulnerable people in society.
When personhood is denied, death and genocide follow. This has clearly been shown throughout history. As I write this, an entire generation of my peers never saw the light of day. I never got to meet them, or go to school with them. Perhaps I’ve been cheated out of meeting and marrying the woman of my dreams because she was aborted. We’ve all been cheated and impoverished by abortion. And yet, everyone who has been born since 1973 is a survivor of the abortion holocaust. Out of thanksgiving, let’s speak up. To remain silent is an answer in itself. If you truly believe that a baby should have the right to live, stand up for her. Stand up for him. The laws of Roe v. Wade have been with us for 41 years. It’s time to end abortion!
I’ll end this piece with a quote from a survivor of the holocaust, Martin Niemöller, a protestant pastor who survived the concentration camps in Nazi Germany:
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.”
-Caleb Dusek, Freshman, Majoring in Microbiology