Looking back on history, many people wonder how events such as the Holocaust were able to happen with relatively little resistance by the general public.
One reason for this was because of how the targets of violence were described.
The Nazis would create propaganda in which they depicted Jews as animals that have no inherent value. They did everything in their power to take away the humanity of the Jews.
Their efforts to control language and frame the debate were immensely successful in helping the commit one of the most horrible atrocities ever committed.
Following World War II, many vowed that such a crime against humanity would never be allowed to happen again.
Unfortunately, with the legalization of abortion, a new Holocaust has arisen. According to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Guttmacher Institute (compiled by a pro-life organization), abortion has already claimed approximately 53 million lives , and there is currently no end in sight.
Similar to the Holocaust in the 1940s, many of abortion’s victims are targeted by race or because disability. Evidence of this can be seen in the overwhelmingly high percentage of babies with down syndrome being aborted, as many as 90% , and with the disproportionately high percentage of abortion clinics located in minority neighborhoods .
Why is this still allowed to happen? Why are most Americans not actively taking a stand?
A major reason for this is because of the language that pro-choice advocates have successfully instilled into the abortion debate.
Similar to how the Jews were treated in Nazi Germany, those who are pro-choice seek to deprive any or all humanity from the preborn human life.
They refer to this life as being a blob of cells, uterine contents, or a product of conception.
Instead of admitting that abortion takes away the life of an innocent preborn child, abortion providers claim they are simply removing tissue or removing a pregnancy.
A wise man, Edmund Burke, once said “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men (and women) do nothing” .
In order to bring about a greater respect for human life, all of us must work together to use language that more accurately reflects the humanity of preborn lives.
 Ertelt, Steven. (2011). “United States See 53 Million Abortions Since Roe in 1973.” LifeNews, http://www.lifenews.com/2010/11/26/nat-6891/
 Harmon, Amy. (2007). “Prenatal Test Puts Down Syndrome in Hard Focus.” The New York Times, 9 May 2007. Web. 1 Jun 2011. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/09/us/09down.html.
 Hall, Randy. (2005). Abortion Causing “Black Genocide,” Activists Say, CNSNews, Feb. 7 2005. Accessed at: http://www.cns?news.com/ViewSpecialReports.asp?Page=\SpecialReports?\archive\200502\SPE20050207a.html
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