The World’s Forgotten Holocaust

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“I had no idea, when the war came to an end, of the horrible massacres which had occurred; the millions and millions that have been slaughtered. That dawned on us gradually after the struggle was over.”

These are the words which Winston Churchill spoke to a crowded House of Commons in the months immediately after the end of World War Two. The Allies had inadvertently thwarted a holocaust which had claimed the lives of over 6 million Jews.

Today, however, an even greater holocaust is taking place, and it is a holocaust which the governments of America, Britain and the other wartime allies have failed to do anything to prevent. In part this is because they are afraid of China which now holds the bank bonds upon which many Western economies depend. But it is also because these one-time holocaust fighters now have plenty of blood from this fresh holocaust on their own hands too.

Earlier this month the Chinese Health Ministry published its statistics for abortions in China since 1971. In around 40 years, the Chinese government has confessed to the abortion of 336,000,000 foetuses. That’s equivalent to the entire population of the USA and Australia combined. Whether we are Democrat or Republican, Conservative or Liberal, pro-life or pro-choice, this ought to matter to us all.

It should matter if you believe in a woman’s right to choose. Between a third and a half of these abortions were carried out against the express wishes of the mother. Worried by soaring population growth, the Chinese government has enforced a ‘one-child policy’ for families during most of the past 40 years. Parents who conceived a second baby were forced to pay a heavy fine or, if too poor, to undergo a forced abortion. A conservative estimate puts the number of forced abortions in China at 137,000,000. That’s as many killings as the whole of World War I and World War II put together. And it’s something which not a single voice in the United Nations has condemned.

It should matter to you if believe in the sanctity of human life. You don’t have to agree with the Bible’s statements that life begins at conception (Psalm 139:13-16) or that foetuses are real people (Luke 1:41-44). You simply have to agree that the rightness or wrongness of a culture is made most evident by the way it treats the weakest of the weak. Is it right that in the trial of Chris Huhne, the disgraced British politician, in February 2013, the media were more up in arms that he tried to force his wife to take his speeding fine than that he tried to force her to abort her now-18-year-old son? Is it right that the most dangerous place to be in a Western nation is inside your mother’s womb?

It should matter to you if you believe in American values. Barack Obama was right to point out in his second inauguration speech earlier this year that:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness… Together we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune.

Barack Obama was right but he wasn’t right enough. He didn’t add two and two together to confess that his generation had betrayed the founding fathers by aborting 55,000,000 of the most vulnerable Americans since the Roe v Wade ruling in 1973.

It should matter to you if you believe in economics. Most Western nations are facing an economic crisis caused by their rapidly ageing populations. People are living longer and the birth rate hasn’t been high enough for the past 40 years to produce enough young workers to fund the cost of pensions and healthcare for the old. Mass immigration has masked the scale of the problem, but has brought with it fresh problems of its own. No politician has so far dared to speak out the unpalatable truth: that the birth rate would have been considerably higher in nations like my own one, the UK, had it not been for the abortion of nearly 200,000 foetuses each year. That’s almost a third of all human deaths each year in the UK (abortions are not counted as human deaths in the official figures).

It should matter to you if you hate all forms of racism. A recent paper published by the American anti-racism charity Protecting Black Life revealed that 79% of abortion facilities in the USA are located within walking distance of large African-American or Latino communities. A National Vital Statistics Report in June 2012 revealed that black women in the US are five times more likely to have abortions than white women. It’s no wonder that many leaders within the black and Latino communities have started to question whether Western abortion laws are in fact a legalised form of genocide.

It should matter to you if you believe in good medicine. We don’t have to delve back into history for the Hippocratic Oath in the fifth century BC which made ancient doctors pledge that “I will give no deadly drug to anyone if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to procure abortion.” All we need to do is go back to the Declaration of Geneva in 1948: “I will maintain the utmost respect for human life from the time of conception.” If you have any doubt whether these statements about the practice of medicine, both ancient and modern, still apply, then take a look at some of the outstanding pictures of foetuses which modern medicine has furnished us with.

Last, but by no means least, it should matter to you if you care about the many women who undergo abortions. I have lost count of the number of women I have come into contact with who have expressed their deep sense of guilt and anger that abortion was presented to them by politicians and doctors as nothing more than a piece of minor surgery, and yet who have found their lives are scarred by a sense that they took the life of their unborn child. I help these women by taking them to King David’s experience when he caused the death of his own child:

I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me… Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’ - and you forgave the guilt of my sin. (Psalm 51:3 & Psalm 32:1-5)

Many women have found great solace in those words, but we should all agree that it would be much better if politicians and doctors were honest up front about the trauma which abortion brings to mothers as well as to their children.

Note that although I have quoted from the Bible at times in this blog, I haven’t primarily relied on religious arguments at all. I have pointed out that every one of us - faith or no faith - should want this forgotten holocaust to end. For the sake of a woman’s right to choose as well as for the right of a foetus to live; for the sake of good economics as well as for the sake of good medicine; for the sake of Western values as well as for the sake of stamping out Western racism.

World War II historian Donald L. Niewyk reminds us in his book The Holocaust that “the main features of the Jewish Holocaust are clearly visible to all but the wilfully blind.” The same is true of this new holocaust. It’s time we all agreed on this and started making plans as allied nations how we can bring it to an end.

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