On October 23rd, 2007, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) issued a press release criticizing Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for referring to abortion as a "holocaust" during a speech at the recent Value Voters Summit in Washington, DC. In their press release, the ADL reaffirmed the "singularity" of the Jewish holocaust, considering it unique, although some outbreaks of genocide have claimed a greater number of victims. Most likely, the Great Flood was the penultimate holocaust in human history, but we have no records of how many people were alive at that time. Pictured above left is Abe Foxman, the modern-day King Herod who heads up the Anti-Defamation League.
During our time, the 75-year Bolshevik holocaust, which has claimed an estimated 100 million victims worldwide, would seem to be the grand champion. Bolshevism itself is of Jewish origin, having been invented by Karl Marx, and established as a form of government in Russia by Vladimir Lenin and 384 top commissars, over 300 of whom were known to be Jewish, back in 1917, although it has long since spread far beyond its Jewish roots.
However, there has been an ongoing genocide taking place right here in the United States since the Roe v. Wade decision was rendered in 1973. At nearly 50 million victims, I would think it would easily qualify for holocaust status. I am referring, of course, to the ongoing American Holocaust against the Unborn. The precise number, supplied by the Alan Gutmacher Institute (AGI) via the National Right-to-Life website, is 48,589,993 from 1973-2004 (extrapolation since that time would increase this total to approximately 50 million as of this year). Ironically, AGI's numbers are larger than those of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), although AGI is identified as an affiliate of Planned Parenthood which monitors abortion trends. AGI and CDC use different methods of data collection.
Here's an annual breakdown of abortion statistics, provided by both organizations. Utah statistics from Utah Dept of Health Vital Statistics (scroll down to page 20):
Year: AGI/CDC/Utah only
Here are some other statistics about abortion presented by National Right to Life:
- There have been over 48 million abortions since 1973.[through 2004; now estimated to be approaching 50 million]
- The annual number of abortions went from 744,600 in the first year of legalization, to a high of over 1.6 million in 1990. In 2003, there were 1,287,000.
- There were over 3,500 abortions per day in 2003, 146 per hour, about one every 25 seconds.
- For every 1,000 live births, there were 312 abortions in 2003.
- There were more that 148,000 second and third trimester abortions in 2003.
- In 2003, more children died from abortion than Americans died in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf Wars combined.
- A 2004 survey of women seeking abortions indicated that only about 7% of women cited typical “hard cases” (rape, incest, or some health concern with either the baby or the mother) as the primary reason they were seeking abortion. [If this is representative of all women who've had abortions, then this means only 3.5 million abortions have been "therapeutic". As many as 46.5 million abortions have been elective. If true, this is truly catastrophic.]
- An April 2004 Zogby Poll found that 56% of respondents support legal abortion in only three or fewer circumstances: when the pregnancy results from rape or incest, or when it threatens the life of the mother.
- At an average cost of $372, the abortion business is a $400 million a year industry.
- Nearly half of all abortions are obtained by women who have already had at least one abortion.
And where does Utah's Congressional delegation stand on right-to-life issues? Here's the latest scorecard from the National Right to Life Committee:
Orrin Hatch (R): 83% Favorable
Robert Bennett (R): 83% Favorable
Rob Bishop (R): 100% Favorable
Jim Matheson (D): 0% Favorable
Chris Cannon (R): 100% Favorable
Click HERE to find out where Presidential candidates stand on life issues.
Problem: One of the problems here is that the "50 million estimate" refers only to the total number of abortions; it does not discriminate between therapeutic and elective abortions. This is attributable to the diversity of opinion regarding the definitions of these terms. Until we can arrive at common definitions for "therapeutic" and "elective", we will not be able to define the problem as precisely as we want to.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seems to offer a logical distinction between therapeutic vs. elective abortions. Here's an excerpt from their policy statement posted on the lds.org/ website:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in the sanctity of human life. Therefore, the Church opposes elective abortion for personal or social convenience, and counsels its members not to submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for such abortions.
The Church allows for possible exceptions for its members when:
• Pregnancy results from rape or incest, or
• A competent physician determines that the life or health of the mother is in serious jeopardy, or
• A competent physician determines that the fetus has severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth.
The LDS Church also adds that even therapeutic abortion should not be a snap decision, but should be arrived at after careful, prolonged, and, yes, prayerful consideration.
So therapeutic abortion can be best defined as abortion necessary to sustain life or fundamental health of the mother, for a pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or if competent medical authority believes that a fetus has defects severe enough to to permit survival after birth. Abortion for any other reason is then considered elective abortion and must be outlawed. This definition effectively balances the concerns of both mother and baby.
Fifty million deaths? That definitely rates "holocaust" status. And unlike the Jewish Holocaust, where many of the victims could (and some did) fight back, none of the victims of the Abortion Holocaust ever could fight back. Who gave the ADL permission to copyright the Holocaust, anyway?