Friday, May 09, 2014

"Nazi 'unworthy of life' doctrine driving abortions in the U.S.?"

Michael Haverluck, "Nazi 'unworthy of life' doctrine driving abortions in the U.S.?" (One News Now, May 8, 2014):
A Catholic theologian who is considered one of America's leading public intellectuals says the abortion holocaust in his country can trace its roots to the murderous, life-denying ideology of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.

During his keynote speech at the International Pro-Life Conference in Rome Saturday, U.S. commentator and bestselling author George Weigel reminded the world that its embrace of abortion is rooted in the exact doctrine that propagated and "justified" the horrific slaughter of tens of millions under Nazism and Stalinism in the 20th Century.
One correspondent asks whether Mr. Weigel isn't referring to the idea of eugenics espoused by Margret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood. She notes that Margaret Sanger was not only one of Hitler's inspirations, she also founded the organization which would later become Planned Parenthood. She proposed in Birth Control Review, April 1932 in A Plan for Peace:
" keep the doors of immigration closed to the entrance of certain aliens whose condition is known to be detrimental to the stamina of the race, such as feeble minded, idiots, morons, insane, syphilitic, epileptic, criminal, professional prostitutes and others in this class barred by the immigration laws of apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of the population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or apportion farm lands and homesteads for those segregated persons where they would be taught to work under competent instructors for the period of their entire lives."
The correspondent further notes that Sanger lists further candidates for this type of treatment and then goes on to celebrate that "having corralled this enormous part of our population and placed it on a basis of health instead of punishment, it is safe to say that fifteen or twenty millions of our population would then be organized into soldiers of defense--defending the unborn against their own disabilities."

While one could argue that there is a difference between the "unfit" and those imprisoned in Nazi death camps, the difference is negligible and the logic behind disposing of them "for the good of the race" is identical.

[Hat tip to C. G.-Z. and M.]