Crematorium at Auschwitz

Last night, I caught a few minutes of a History Channel show about Auschwitz, where 1.1 million Jews were essentially murdered systematically by the Nazi regime in occupied Poland. The picture in this article is of the ovens, which remain as you see them as a memorial to those who died. Shelly Palmer wrote a detailed piece on Huffington Post about the technology of the holocaust as highlighted at Birkenau. The holocaust was an atrocity that should never be repeated on this planet.

One of the more unpopular things to do, today, is to compare abortion to the holocaust. But I can’t help thinking of the similarities, especially in terms of the technologies used to exterminate a defenseless portion of humanity. In Auschwitz, it was ovens and gas chambers. In abortion-providing clinics across America, it is the ultrasound-guided precision murder and subsequent removal of babies from their mothers’ wombs.

UPDATE: Let me address the issue of comparing abortion to the holocaust, which really seems to raise the ire of those on the pro-choice side and evoke plenty of “how dare you” responses. The world today has erected a multitude of museums and monuments to the holocaust. We’ve done the same to mark the genocide of Native Americans, slavery, and plenty of other atrocities. Why? So that we can learn. So that we will look back and draw, not complete comparisons, but lessons about how we ought to protect the sanctity of all human life, at all cost. My personal hope is that someday, this modern holocaust will be behind us and we’ll erect a monument to memorialize the millions of lives lost. In other words, no apologies here for making this partial comparison. We ought to have learned from this horrid tendency to victimize the most defenseless for our own gain.

We are still cold. We are still calloused. And we’ll still eliminate sixty million people from our population, before they ever see the light of day, to keep life the way we’d prefer it to be for ourselves.

I recently asked, in a Facebook comment on a post defending Planned Parenthood, what exactly is the ethical defense for abortion? I’ve been rather surprised, reading the responses and reading comments elsewhere, at the sheer and utter selfishness of the reasoning behind any defense of abortion. I’ll address those thoughts with some reasoned objections in a moment, but first, to the video that triggered this post today. According to a press release from The Center for Medical Progress:

A second undercover video shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Medical Directors’ Council President, Dr. Mary Gatter, haggling over payments for intact fetal specimens and offering to use a “less crunchy technique” to get more intact body parts.

It is similar to last week’s viral video showing PPFA Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Deborah Nucatola admitting to using partial-birth abortions to get intact parts and suggesting a price range of $30 to $100 per specimen.

Gatter is a senior official within Planned Parenthood and is President of the Medical Directors’ Council, the central committee of all Planned Parenthood affiliate medical directors.

Watch it. Decide if you’d like to help fund Dr. Gatter’s desire for a new Lamborghini, and then keep reading here.

I think that plenty of nice, wonderful people believe some very wrong things about the issue of abortion based on very faulty reasoning and a very flawed worldview. So this isn’t a declaration of war against those with whom I vehemently disagree. Rather, it’s an attempt to make sense of why we simply can’t stand by as the innocent perish.

Many will be proclaiming their outspoken defense of Planned Parenthood in the name of all the good that they do. Here’s how I responded to that in a post on Facebook the other day:

“Telling me all the good Planned Parenthood does for women is like telling me Hitler was a good guy because he mowed the yard a few times for the Jewish lady next door. In the grand scheme of things, it’s past time to defund Planned Parenthood. So many babies gone. So many women left with such deep wounds. ?#?defundPP?

Millions of lives have been snuffed out. Millions of women have been deceptively coached into a soul-shattering decision. And millions of teenagers have been educated in all the physical aspects of human sexuality with no thought whatsoever for the deeper, spiritual meaning behind sex or its non-physical consequences. But in spite of the mass slaughter of the innocents, Planned Parenthood has, in fact, helped quite a few people carry pregnancies to term. So I guess there’s that.

Plenty of others will continue to speak of a woman’s right to bodily autonomy. I certainly believe, as a Christian, that life in the womb is precious and to be guarded and defended – the first God-given responsibility of parents. But stepping away from a religious point of view and seeing things through a more secular, bioethical lens, it’s impossible to ignore certain biological realities of pregnancy, such as the fact that babies as early as a dozen weeks along, show obvious physical reactions to pain and stimuli. And the baby in the womb, from conception, has different DNA than the mother.

Let’s face it. We live in a culture that absolutely demands the pleasure of sex with none of its natural risks and consequences. And we make all kinds of excuses to justify it.

An unwanted baby is a burden on an already over-capacity foster care system… Baloney! Babies get adopted. Tens of thousands of couples struggling with infertility are lined up waiting for their chance to hold their own precious little one.

It’s a woman’s body and nobody should be able to tell her what do do with it… I completely agree, except when that woman happens to be carrying another human life inside her that should have equal treatment under the protection of law.

Women will get abortions anyway, but they’ll be far more risky… If you think making abortion illegal will increase the number of abortions performed, you’re misguided. We don’t commit atrocities under the law so that those atrocities won’t be committed illegally. We don’t set up centers where you can go and legally abuse your pets, or legally shoot someone you don’t like, or legally steal the possessions of others so you don’t have to do it in an unsafe environment.

It’s just a fetus, not a baby. It can’t feel, doesn’t have dreams, and can’t survive on its own… Yet, the planet is covered with billions of former fetuses who grew up to demonstrate their possession of dignity. Again, this is just cold. As the old bumper stickers said, “abortion stops a beating heart.” Truth.

We’re not supposed to be cold. We’re not supposed to be so calloused. We’re not supposed to be selfish enough to throw babies into the proverbial crematorium before birth to keep them out of our way.

To you who are reading this, having had abortions or having been part of an abortion in some way, know that God absolutely loves you. He knows. He cares. He offers forgiveness through the death and life of his own Son, Jesus. You aren’t your past. There is a future for you and it can be bright and glorious in spite of your past decisions and actions. I know many like you who, today, are raising families and serving Jesus. This article isn’t written at you. It’s written for those who haven’t decided yet.

And to you who think the church ought to be serving and working on the problem instead of protesting, I completely agree! I believe our first line of offense against this atrocity is to reach people with the good news of the gospel, which absolutely asserts that every life is worth saving. I believe we ought to foster and adopt like crazy, and my church in particular works hard to make that happen for people. I believe we ought to catch women at their deepest point of need and walk them compassionately through the process of pregnancy and childbirth, and this is happening in thousands of pregnancy support centers across the nation.

But we also have to speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves. We also have to voice for the defenseless a cry of tyranny against a culture gone mad with selfish power and sexual freedom without reasonable restraint. My great hopes are that we will repent and kill babies no more, that we will defund the slaughterhouse of Planned Parenthood, that people who have decided to abort babies in the past will discover the unconditional love and grace of God in Christ, and that women who are scared and lost will find their way with a hand held by a compassionate church.

It’s way past time to end this modern holocaust.

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