America’s Holocaust


Considering that I am a Constitutional Conservative, I find myself somewhat conflicted as I endeavor to express my thoughts while remaining true to my religious convictions and respecting the inalienable rights we possess under the Constitution.

Those of us old enough to remember the horror of WWII and the anti-Semitic policies of the Nazis toward the Jews in Germany and countries they invaded, acknowledge the human tragedy, suffering and extermination of 6 million Jews. Today the images of concentration camps being liberated at the wars end along with mass graves and cremation furnaces are grim reminders of man’s inhumanity against his fellow man.

Today, however, legal abortion is responsible for the elimination of 1.3 million fetuses annually in the United States of America. According to the National Right to Life, over 40 million abortions have been performed in the U.S. since 1973 with the Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade. The debate as to weather life begins at conception or not is hardly relevant for this discussion. What is certain, however, is that life ends with abortion. The process itself denies the very guarantee set forth in the Declaration of Independence, the right to “Life”.  Proponents of abortion will argue that birth is necessary to secure the rights guaranteed in the Declaration. I guess abortion trumps all arguments regarding rights for the un- born. Opponents of abortion will argue that the debate is moot since taking of a life prior to or after birth is equally against the law and violates the very guarantee set forth in the Declaration. Further they would argue that if life doesn’t begin at conception why does abortion end life?

Today abortion has become a convenient way to avoid the moral responsibility associated with the act of procreation among human beings. Forty million lives, human beings with the potential for contributing to improving humanity, have been eliminated for a multitude of reasons. Justifications, which may or not be legitimate, have nonetheless, been used to satisfy the conscience of those electing the procedure.

So, I ask myself, how does the reasoning for abortion differ morally from the reasoning of the Nazis during WWII for the extermination of 6 million Jews? Is the difference that the 6 million were born, and that hatred for them by the Nazis resulted in their death, makes it any more repulsive than the elimination of 1.3 million fetuses each year?  A holocaust is defined as a massive slaughter. Under that definition abortion is a holocaust. Unfortunately, we attempt to justify the practice as being allowed under the Constitution as the right of the individual to control their own body with no regard to the unborn which, like it or not, represents a real life. The other difference is that we saw with our own eyes the slaughter by the Nazis of 6 million Jews, while abortion although equally massive, is kept from the public view.

The founders relied on natural law when establishing a basis for the Constitution. Natural law found its voice in the scriptures and our constitution takes its foundation directly from the scriptures. In the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, the Supreme Court ruled that women, in consultation with a physician, have a constitutionally protected right to have an abortion in the early stages of pregnancy – that is, before viability – free from government interference. Herein lays my dilemma. If the scriptures are the basis for the constitution and support the sanctity of life, how can the taking of that life be considered constitutional, not withstanding viability? If not for the abortion the pregnancy would be viable, or am I wrong? I believe the Supreme Court got this one wrong and as a result unwittingly provided justification for the “American Holocaust”.

 

October 9, 2009

 

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