Abortion is such a divisive issue in this toxic political climate that the left and right cannot even agree on outlawing infanticide.
Recently, Senate Democrats blocked a Republican-sponsored bill that mandates doctors to protect infants who survive a botched abortion procedure. The legislation, titled the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, further criminalizes anyone who “intentionally performs or attempts to perform an overt act that kills a child born alive.” Sen. Ben Sasse’s (R-NE) measure lacked just seven votes to pass in the Senate, and only three Democrats supported it: Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) noted that it is becoming “crystal clear” that the Democrats “support the legalization of infanticide” and are open to “the growing extremism in the party.” He might have a point, considering there has been a push among a handful of Democrat-led states, including New York and Virginia, to legalize abortion up to the moment of birth.
But are those senators who voted for the bill just like Adolf Hitler? One prominent feminist thinks so.
Just hours before the vote on Sasse’s legislation took place, Gloria Steinem, the iconic feminist opportunist, appeared on NBC’s Today to make a ridiculous comparison between Adolf Hitler and the pro-life movement. She asserted that he rose to power on a campaign prohibiting abortion:
“Well, the new generation of reader is instructing me by saying that these essays are still relevant …. on a more serious note, to put it mildly, is why Hitler was actually elected, and he was elected and he campaigned against abortion. I mean, that was — he padlocked the family planning clinics. Okay, so that is still relevant in the terms of the right wing. So there were very few things, actually, that I had to take out.”
There are two main fallacies in this statement.
The first is that the German dictator did support abortion through the government’s vile eugenics program. Second, even if Hitler opposed abortion, does that make anyone who is against abortion Literally Hitler™? Hardly. He also drank water, so does that mean the entire human race is on par with the socialist tyrant?
In 1924, Hitler was sent to the Landsberg Prison, where he was jailed for leading the Nazis’ failed Beer Hall Putsch in Bavaria. During this time, he not only wrote Mein Kampf but also read plenty of material on racial hygiene, eugenics, and evolution. Hitler thought that the German people were corrupted by dysgenics, resulting in his government’s push to sterilize those who were diagnosed by a doctor with any of the nine conditions, including genetic blindness or deafness, schizophrenia, manic depression, chronic alcoholism, and physical deformities.
As part of the Nuremberg Laws, the government required that all marriage partners take tests to rule out hereditary diseases in order to maintain racial purity. Members of the Third Reich were urged to meticulously interview all marriage prospects to ensure they did not have a family history of mental illness or inherited ailments.
The medical community, which heavily leaned toward national socialism, came up with the chilling phrase lebensunwertes Leben (life unworthy of life). This was followed by the legal establishment urging society to terminate life that is and would be a burden to society.
This led the program to metastasize into euthanasia. The Nazis killed those who were deemed disabled by the Hartheim Euthanasia Center. In the early years of the Third Reich, the Nazis would transport patients by buses and allow the engine exhaust gases to pass inside the vehicle. Later, Hitler and his henchmen utilized gas chambers to kill these patients. Historians report that 300,000 Germans were euthanized.
Under eugenics laws, abortions were allowed if Aryan parents could prove that they or the child had a hereditary defect; non-Aryan parents were encouraged to get an abortion to reduce their populations. Although performing an abortion on an Aryan woman became a capital offense in the final year of the Nazis, abortions were still permitted if the fetus was found to be deformed or disabled.
In the sequel to his seminal Mein Kampf, titled Hitler’s Second Book, which went unpublished until 1962, he writes glowingly about Sparta’s early eugenics experiments:
“Sparta must be regarded as the first Völkisch State. The exposure of the sick, weak, deformed children, in short, their destruction, was more decent and in truth a thousand times more humane than the wretched insanity of our day which preserves the most pathological subject, and indeed at any price, and yet takes the life of a hundred thousand healthy children in consequence of birth control or through abortions, in order subsequently to breed a race of degenerates burdened with illnesses.”
As author John Cornwell writes in Hitler’s Scientists, Nazi Germany practiced “the ‘science’ of extermination and human experiment.”
The Abortion Debate
Liberty Nation’s James Fite recently made an important point on Truth TV: Both sides on the issue have dabbled in hyperbole. The main difference, however, is that a fragile subject has been exploited on the left as something as medically benign as getting a flu shot or an event that women should add to their bucket lists. When people perform a mock abortion on the Virgin Mary as part of a demonstration, or respected figures in the mainstream media blatantly lie about history, it is evident that one side is void of intellectual honesty.