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Life and Death: Aktion T4 and Gianna Molla

February 9th, 2013 - 12:07 pm

I don’t normally enter into the wild and wicked wars over abortion.  That battlefield is well worn, and the march of science and technology is slowly pushing one camp into a morally and ethically indefensible corner.  But Zombie’s recent photo expose at PJ Media gives you a good look at the two camps, and the contrast couldn’t be greater.

Then this weekend comes the story from Maryland that a woman died having a late-term abortion at 33 weeks into pregnancy.  This horrific tragedy exposes Maryland’s absolute permissiveness for this gruesome procedure. We’re  just over a month shy of full term in this horror.

Even an agnostic can conclude that aborting a baby at 33 weeks is morally and ethically unacceptable.  One need not base opposition to late-term abortions on theology. Human life is valuable, period.  Though if one accepts most western theology, then late-term abortion cannot be acceptable in law, especially at 33 weeks.

Health of the mother?  The child’s health?  Modern neonatal science has answers for that I won’t detail here.  When people say that late-term abortions are usually for medical necessity, they aren’t telling the truth.  The data show otherwise. 

But I’m not here to enter the abortion wars, but rather talk about some history.  You can do with it what you will.

Let’s start in Germany with the Aktion T4 program.  If you never heard of it, then it is time you do.

Aktion T4 was a program to eradicate the imperfect and undesirable.  Children and adults with defects were euthanized by doctors in hospitals dedicated to the medical eradication of those with birth defects or other imperfections.  The German government even promoted and justified it publicly.  Behold a poster.  Does anything sound familiar??

The translation (courtesy of Wikipedia and my slight proficiency in German):

60,000 Reichsmark is what this person suffering from a hereditary defect costs the People’s community during his lifetime. Fellow citizen, that is your money too. Read “[A] New People,” the monthly magazine of the Bureau for Race Politics of the NSDAP.

Bad stuff, those pesky hereditary defects.

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