Thirty years ago I awaited sentencing for trespassing at an abortion clinic. During that wait, I had the rare privilege of listening to my fellow defendants share their reasons for seeking to save the life of a baby and the dignity of the mother.
One of those defendants was a medical doctor. This was my third arrest, his fifth. He read book excerpts aloud. The concepts were familiar to us. It sounded like the language of Planned Parenthood. After he finished, this courageous MD told us the quotes were from Robert Lifton’s book, The Nazi Doctors. This was a moment of high drama before the judge. For me, the language made a connection between the US abortion industry and the doctors of Nazi Germany.
At the end of his statement, this heroic American doctor said he knew the judge would sentence him to jail time again, but as soon as he was released he would try again to save the lives of unborn babies by blocking the doors of abortion sites.
Two days ago, the Governor of Virginia, Dr. Ralph Northam, stated that an abortion at the moment of birth was the mother’s prerogative. Northam, a pediatric neurologist, is likely compassionate toward the families and children in his practice. While his heart may be in the right place, his statement was the product of the same ideas that shaped justification of the Nazi doctors.
A mother can decide whether her baby will live
In an interview with a reporter of the Washington D.C. radio station WTOP, the governor was asked if he supported proposed legislation that would allow abortions on a woman in labor. Northam stated:
This is why decisions such as this should be made by providers, physicians, and the mothers and fathers that are involved. When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of the mother, with the consent of physicians, more than one physician by the way, and it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus which is non-viable. So in this particular example, if the mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen, the infant would be delivered, the infant would be kept comfortable, the infant would be resuscitated if this is what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physician and the mother.
The baby could be fully out of the womb and “then a discussion would ensue between the physician and the mother.” Will the baby live? Will she die by neglect? Will she be “pro-actively terminated” (read killed)? It’s up to the mother in consultation with her medical doctors.
Northam assures the listeners that “the infant would be kept comfortable.” Does anyone see the irony? Having established that the life of the child is without value, what’s the point in keeping her comfortable? This is nothing but salve on a guilty conscience.
In January, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the One World Trade Center to be bathed in pink to celebrate the passage of the New York Reproductive Health Care Act, allowing for abortions up to the moment of delivery. Cuomo called the bill an “historic victory for New Yorkers and our progressive values.”
Post-birth abortion = infanticide
Abortion has moved from a moral evil to a “necessary” evil to a celebration of “progressive values.”
What’s the best label for this unspeakable policy? Our society, having long since granted legal sanction to the moral abomination of abortion, prefers the more palatable term, post-birth abortion. But don’t be fooled by the semantics; this is nothing less than infanticide, infant homicide, the intentional killing of infants.
This dark evil is the fruit of an action eighteen years ago, March 31, 2001, when one individual in the Illinois senate objected to a set of bills which would have protected the life of a baby surviving an abortion attempt. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Patrick O’Malley, later told a journalist, “This legislation was about preventing conduct that allowed infanticide to take place in the state of Illinois.” But the measures failed after a single senator spoke in opposition. His name was Barack Obama. (Go here to read the riveting account.)
We are crossing a Rubicon, a juncture in history similar to the rise of Nazi Germany.
We live in a culture being shaped by the same Nietzschean nihilistic and narcissistic ideas that shaped Hitler, his Third Reich and the policies of the Nazi doctors. Make no mistake, ideas have consequences! The same ideas of another place and time will produce similar policies and outcomes in our generation.
Once again, a woman’s “right to choose” takes precedence over a human being’s right to life. Let us be clear: this is an inflection point—a new, downward direction—in US and Western history. It is not progress, it is a regression.
Will we stop this evil?
Governors Cuomo and Northam are redirecting the deadly wind blowing from 1930 Germany into 2019 America. The Germans declared people who were handicapped, mentally impaired, homosexuals, gypsies and Jews as Lebensunwertes Leben, “life unworthy of life.” While abortion supporters would not use this Nazi phrase, they have nevertheless authorized mother and state to declare a baby as life unworthy of life. Like Germany, atheistic societies are licensing “Nazi” doctors. Cuomo and Northam are essentially fascists in nice suits.
To see a short video of what Governor Northam said, go here. You will not see an evil-looking Nazi doctor with horns. You will see a calm, dignified suit-and-tie governor articulating a barbaric practice that mimics what Nazi doctors did under the Third Reich.
What will we do? Will we recognize evil when it is promoted? If the killing of babies in and out of the womb is normal, what will become of other human life? We did not stop the evil of abortion. Now we’re about to cross another logical inflection point, infanticide. Forget the daily news about open borders, the national debt, etc. Where is the angst over the legalized reality of infanticide?
- Darrow Miller