Welcome to The Vine, where every week I strive to bring you updates from around the pro-life community to help you keep up with the ever constant battle to save lives. The format today is a little different, I hope you will find it to be informative.
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out -
because I was not a communist;
Then 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 out for me.
Many people are apprehensive to compare abortion to the Holocaust. It's understandable in a time when comparisons to Hitler are thrown about with an ease that is cause for concern. The Holocaust is one of the darkest times in our human history, any comparisons to it or the people involved should not be made lightly. It is, in fact, such a horrific event that some refuse to believe it even happened. Could people possibly commit such evils? And why would so many sit on the sidelines and do nothing? 11 million people were lost in the Holocaust. Today, over 50 million lives have been lost in abortion. Yet, while this evil is committed, many sit on the sidelines and many more refuse to call it what it is: It is our Holocaust.
Our Holocaust began with the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger. Her goal, according to her, was a cleaner race. She targeted people with "bad genes" and black Americans. She used black ministers to sell the idea of birth control. "We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members," wrote Sanger. Abortions were not part of Sanger's plan. She sought to exterminate those she believed undesirable through birth control; or forced sterilization if necessary. In her opinion, people in developing countries shouldn't have any babies.
Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote last week that it was "Juneteenth;" an annual celebration of the day slavery was abolished in Texas in 1865. King noted that, even after all this time, "we have yet to connect the dots between the denial of African-Americans’ human rights through slavery to the denial of unborn children’s human rights through abortion." The number one killer of black babies today is abortion. Like the Jewish pre-born of the Holocaust, the unborn black baby today is not free and it is Sanger's dream that is coming true.
Sanger's hope of eradicating "bad genes" also harkens back to the Holocaust. Along with the Jewish population, Hitler murdered the disabled - who he deemed inferior. Thanks to prenatal testing, 92% of children with Down syndrome are aborted. Eugenics is alive and well and has become so socially acceptable that doctors recommend it to their pregnant patients. Recently, the world got a glimpse at what Sanger's way of thinking has lead to. Miroslav Mitloehner, university lecturer and Czech government adviser, published an article in a medical journal calling for euthanasia of children born with birth defects. He called them "monsters" and "freaks," and argued that doctors should legally be allowed to kill them without parents' consent. Mitloehner was forced to resign from his job, but one must wonder if it was only because he said out loud what Sanger believed and Planned Parenthood continues to support. As Alex Schadenberg points out at LifeNews, children and babies with disabilities are already being euthanized in the Netherlands and Belgium.
In the fight to save the pre-born, I am often reminded of Niemöller's words. They have come for the African-Americans. They have come for the disabled. They've expanded beyond Sanger's goals and have come for pre-born girls. Who will they come for next?
Every week brings news of abortion being further ingrained in our culture as an acceptable practice. They've even brought it to theaters in the quest to normalize killing innocent children. For media to not accept blindly their efforts to mainstream abortion is newsworthy.
Next week is the National Right to Life Convention. I won't be attendance, but I'll be watching for what comes out of it. We are living in dangerous times, a Holocaust before our eyes is denied even by some within the pro-life movement. I'm extending the Branch for Life to the National Right to Life Convention, with prayers that many more branches will spring forth from it.
The Vine will return to it's normal format next Monday. But for today, let us pause and consider the depth of our current situation. The Holocaust is here. Where will you be when they come for you?