The Road Abortion Travels
by Pamela J. Adams
With the release of the movie Unplanned, America is beginning a very productive dialogue regarding abortion. Honestly believing this is an issue of women's health and reproductive rights, many truly can't understand the rejection of abortion. While the movie does an amazing job of demonstrating abortion is murder as well as exposing the horrors and goals of Planned Parenthood, the road abortion leads gets even worse.
In 2017, Iceland proclaimed they eliminated Down syndrome in their country. However, as actress Patricia Heaton so eloquently tweeted: “Iceland isn't actually eliminating Down Syndrome. They're just killing everybody that has it. Big difference.”
Shortly after, individual states started taking legislative action to prevent abortions simply based on a Down syndrome diagnosis. As a result, Progressive pro-abortion activists pushed back to keep their right to assassinate their baby for any reason they choose.
Earlier this year, New York passed and celebrated a new bill legalizing infanticide. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam defended the practice, casually describing the so-called humanity of allowing a newborn baby to die if the mother so desired to end its life. While more progressive states introduced their own infanticide laws, other states responded by proposing legislation preventing abortions after a heartbeat is detected.
In response to the Down Syndrome anti-abortion laws, deputy editorial page editor of The Washington Post, Ruth Marcus, wrote, “These laws are unconstitutional, unenforceable — and wrong.”
To add validity to her ideology, Marcus declares, “But that is not my belief, and the Supreme Court has affirmed my freedom to have that belief and act accordingly.” Well, if that’s the litmus test then shall we go back to the Dred Scott Decision, which defended slaveowners with the exact same argument used for abortion? Roe vs. Wade terminology mirrors that in the Dred Scott Decision, with both the slave and fetus declared “property,” thus authorizing the owner’s freedom to act accordingly in decisions related to said property.
Marcus states, “I respect — I admire — families that knowingly welcome a baby with Down syndrome into their lives. Certainly, to be a parent is to take the risks that accompany parenting; you love your child for who she is, not what you want her to be.” Quite an interesting statement for someone who then immediately expressed how inconvenient a Down syndrome child would be to her. She admits, “I’m going to be blunt here: That was not the child I wanted. That was not the choice I would have made.” So much for letting your child be who she is and not what you want her to be.
Claiming two-thirds of Down syndrome pregnancies are already terminated, Marcus continues, “You can call me selfish, or worse, but I am in good company.” This public attack on Down syndrome babies, first in Iceland and now progressing in America, is actually nothing new. But does she really know the company she is honestly keeping?
Immediately upon Hitler’s rise to power in 1933, Nazi (National Socialist German Workers’ Party) propaganda spread throughout Germany, infecting their psyche on such issues as the state of the mentally ill. They produced the 1937 film Victims of the Past to convince the German people that those with mental illnesses were not only costly to the state, they were actually suffering in their own minds. The film was designed to stealthily persuade the Germans to not just accept, but to actually call for the termination of unfit citizens for the good of the country. Unfortunately, it worked.
In early 1939, Hitler was purposely given a letter received by Nazi officials written by a father imploring them to kill his critically disabled son. Following a review by Hitler’s personal physician, the child was terminated in a “mercy-killing.” He was just the first of 8,000 such children obliterated with Hitler’s blessing. By that summer, the practice spread to disabled adults with Hitler formalizing the program in October.
To accomplish their mass murder objective, the Nazis sought an easy, non-messy method to use. They developed “shower” rooms, inspired by American progressives already perfecting forms of euthanasia. Believing they were just taking a shower, unsuspecting victims entered rooms only to be engulfed with carbon monoxide gas. Within two years, between 70,000 to 250,000 mentally and physically disabled Germans were slaughtered.
Lacking the shower rooms in German-occupied Polish areas, mental patients were placed in sealed vans. While on the road, the driver flipped a switch which directed the van’s exhaust into the passenger area. An additional 10,000 souls were silenced using this method.
However, not all Germans bought into the Nazi propaganda. Bishop Clemens August von Galen, Bishop of Münster, delivered three powerful sermons in the summer of 1941, calling Hitler and the Nazis out by declaring:
"If the principle that man is entitled to kill his unproductive fellow man is established and applied, then woe to all of us when we become aged and infirm! Then no man will be safe: some committee or other will be able to put him on the list of 'unproductive' persons, who in their judgment have become 'unworthy to live'. And there will be no police to protect him, no court to avenge his murder and bring his murderers to justice. Who could then have any confidence in a doctor? He might report a patient as unproductive and then be given instructions to kill him! It does not bear thinking of, the moral depravity, the universal mistrust, which will spread even in the bosom of the family, if this terrible doctrine is tolerated, accepted and put into practice. Woe to mankind! Woe to our German people, if the divine commandment 'Thou shalt not kill', which the Lord proclaimed on Sinai amid thunder and lightning, which God our Creator wrote into man's conscience from the beginning, if this commandment is not merely violated but the violation is tolerated and remains unpunished!"
As his sermons were written down and distributed throughout Germany and Europe, the people began to resist and demand the mass murder be stopped. The pressure became so great, Hitler publicly terminated the program. However, Hitler had already planted the seeds to unite the German people against another enemy, the Jews. Therefore, their new killing technology would not go to waste.
Hitler and the Nazis began their agenda of death by targeting children, specifically those who were flawed and inconvenient. Margaret Sanger, a prominent eugenicist, abortion advocate and Planned Parenthood founder, openly shared Hitler’s socialistic ideologies of a master race. Yet how many individuals with “Support Planned Parenthood” bumper stickers readily call those fighting for life Nazis?
Sanger advocated for eradicating what she referred to as "human weeds," her description of African-Americans. She also supported forced sterilization for the physically and mentally handicap, minority groups such as Native Americans, and the poor.
The truth of the matter is Hitler would have continued and expanded his irradiation of so-called imperfect and inconvenient persons had the people not stood up and demanded its end. Regardless, we have already annihilated 60 million souls out of inconvenience and imperfection since the Roe vs. Wade Decision in 1973. It only took the Germans two years to force Hitler to stop massacring their children. How much longer are we going to stand by as our college students argue we should be able to eliminate our children up until age 2?
As German Lutheran minister Dietrich Bonhoeffer stated, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” He adamantly fought against the Nazis until they executed him one month before their surrender to the Allies. Bonhoeffer’s voice may have been silenced, but his efforts were not in vain as German Jews were soon liberated because of his warnings.
America is at a pivot point. Christians must continue to fight to honor and respect life. Otherwise, America will become even darker than Nazi Germany. My fear is we may already be there. However, the response to Unplanned renews my hope that the silenced majority is finally finding its voice.
But that’s just my 2 cents.
About the Author
Pamela J. Adams was a high school math teacher in an inner city school system but her passion is research and history. Pam has authored several genealogy books along with compilations of her historical blogs, Liberating Letters, which she maintains at her website TheFactsPaper.com. You can find more details about her books on her Amazon Page.
You can follow her current blogs at her Liberating Letters Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon accounts. Her desire is to provide a tool for teachers, parents, grandparents, and citizens to preserve and pass on America's rich history to students, family, and all people who love freedom and liberty. Pamela was also a contributing writer to Constitution.com before joining Pandora’s Box Gazette.
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