If Roe vs. Wade were overturned today, I wonder if people would, after several decades or so, deny that 57 million children had been killed by abortion in the United States. If they did admit it, would they whitewash the reality, pretending it was always safe and rare?
Tuesday marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the massive death camp where the Nazis killed more than a million people during World War II. Auschwitz was the largest of the extermination camps, but there were others, all built to rid the world of people the Nazis condemned as something less than human.
Incredibly, despite testimony, photos and ID tattoos, some today deny the Nazi Holocaust ever happened. I bristled at this thought while I stood in the gas chambers at Auschwitz. The experience of seeing, touching and smelling this death camp debunks their attempts at covering up this atrocity.
Others don’t outright deny the Holocaust but fudge the truth: people did die but certainly not by the multi-millions. Camps did exist and people may have died there, but their deaths weren’t intentional. And that haunting diary kept by Anne Frank? It’s a forgery.
At great risk, resistance fighters smuggled information about the slaughter out of Germany. The reports, passed hand to hand, were largely dismissed as propaganda or overlooked by analysts focused on military intelligence.
In this day of social media and the Internet, reports and photos of abortion don’t have to be smuggled out. They’re a click away. But when news of abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s butchery in Philadelphia broke, pro-abortion activists were desperate to spin the story. While they couldn’t deny what he did, they pretended he was a lone wolf, an anomaly in the world of safe legal abortion.
Maybe people really want to believe that. Ordinary German citizens managed somehow to ignore columns of emaciated prisoners marching from barracks to factory and columns of smoke rising from the crematories. While some guards reveled in their sadism, many others claimed they were only following orders. Somehow they were able to distance themselves from what they were doing to their fellow human beings. No doubt some sneaked a starving prisoner an extra piece of bread, ashamed of their role in the depravity but afraid to speak out. A few did speak out, and were imprisoned or executed for their bravery.
Today, our job as pro-lifers is made more difficult by a general human desire to think abortion is sterile—both medically and emotionally—and the baby doesn’t become human until some law says so. Like the sadistic guards, hard-core pro-abortionists celebrate “abortion on demand with no apologies.” Others may feel sad in the abstract that babies die, but it’s the law after all, and who are they to interfere with a woman’s personal choice about her own body? Butchers like Gosnell seem to revel in their depravity, but hundreds of people work in abortion facilities and somehow distance themselves from what they do, going home to their own kids as if a job is a job is a job. Like the Nazis hid behind the euphemism The Final Solution, our nation collectively hides behind such words as choice and reproductive justice. Lawmakers debate whether a child feels pain and write exceptions for rape, as if it’s acceptable to kill this innocent child but not that one.
Please pray tough love for those in the industry, that they will see—truly see—what they do. Please pray courage for lawmakers. I urge you to speak up, and loudly, to your representatives, to your neighbors and friends, on social media, and anywhere you have opportunity. The liberators had to battle the enemy to reach Auschwitz. We must not give up the fight to reach hearts and minds imprisoned by abortion.