Why Do Pro-Lifers Use the Holocaust Analogy to Abortion?

Pro-abortionists tend to become (to put it mildly) rather displeased when pro-lifers refer to an American “abortion Holocaust.”  For example, `sexologist’ Sol Gordon wrote that “In our view, individuals who exhibit the least human dignity are those who compare the Holocaust, the mass murder of 6 million Jews, to abortion.  There exists no comparison more immoral or depraved.  It is both illogical and outrageous …”1 The pro-abortion Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice said that it “shares the outrage of our member Jewish groups and other member religious bodies over statements by persons in the anti‑choice movement equating the practice of abortion with the Nazi Holocaust.”2 “Pro-choice” people have even physically assaulted pro-lifers several times at Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) displays because they are enraged by its large color posters comparing abortion to the Holocaust.3

If the comparison were obviously false, it should soon fall into disuse.  However, if pro‑abortionists feel driven to denounce it with such vehemence and violence, we can conclude that it is at least partially true or they wouldn’t feel so threatened by it.  After all, abortion advocates did not cry foul when Oregon environmentalists said that “Salmon were found dead in a net pen below the Ice Harbor Dam Monday, where scientists were monitoring the migration. … This isn’t just a case of salmon murder.  It’s a Holocaust.  What do we do to stop it?”4

Nor did they raise their voices in protest when Ingrid Newkirk, founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), compared Jews to chickens.  She claimed that “When it comes to feelings, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.  They are all mammals.  They all feel pain. … 6 million people died in concentration camps, but 6 billion chickens will die this year in slaughterhouses.”5

The similarities between the Nazi and abortion Holocausts go far deeper than a huge body count.  There are many points of comparison between the Holocausts.  These include the same country of origin, as we saw in the last column; the same pervasive use of deceptive language; the same rhetorical justification of the atrocities; the medical leadership of both Holocausts; dehumanization of the victims and their defenders; and the identical utilitarian philosophy of those in power.

To begin with, the most striking similarity between German Nazis and modern pro-abortionists is their use of deceptive language to make the killing appear to be harmless or even beneficial to society.

George Orwell coined the term “Newspeak,” describing it as the destruction of descriptive and accurate language in support of the ideology of English Socialism, or IngSoc.  He wrote that “The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of IngSoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible.”6

In Germany, the “Reich Committee for Children” murdered tens of thousands of Jewish, Gypsy, and handicapped children.  The grandly‑titled “Committee for Research on Hereditary Diseases and Constitutional Susceptibility to Severe Diseases” identified those ill persons who would be eliminated.  These unfortunate people were carried away to concentration camps by the “Non‑Profit Patient Transport Corporation,” and their passage was funded by the “Charitable Foundation for Institutional Care.”7

The Nazis used a galaxy of soothing terms when referring to the extermination of Jews.  These included “resettlement,” “evacuation of the infested area,” “cleansing,” “disinfection,” “special treatment” and “discharging.”8

By comparison, current-day “women’s choice physicians” perform “evacuations of the uterine contents” or “voluntary interruptions of pregnancy” in “reproductive health centers,” and dispose of the “sub-human non-personhood,” “protoplasmic rubbish” and “human waste” in little ovens built for the purpose of disposing of late-term aborted babies.

Nazis and pro-abortionists also use dehumanizing terms to refer to those whom they wish to exterminate.  Adolf Hitler referred to Jews as “maggots in a rotting corpse;” “a plague worse than the Black Death;” “mankind’s eternal germ of disunion;” “drones in the human hive;” “spiders sucking blood out of the people’s pores;” “a pack of rats eating one another;” “the eternal bloodsucker;” “the vampire of peoples;” and “a harmful bacillus that spreads,” among many other degrading terms.9

In the political realm, the Nazis attacked their opponents with such terms as “reactionaries,” a “small but vocal minority,” “terrorists” and “non-progressives.”

Sound familiar?

The similarities between the words employed by the Nazis and the pro‑abortionists to label the essential elements of their respective Holocausts ― the victims, the killing, the killers, the killing places, and the opposition ― are absolutely striking.

But, of course, they must be if their purpose is to conceal a massive program of extermination.

Another point of similarity between the Holocausts is that physicians ― not black‑clad Schützstaffel thugs ― developed their philosophy and methodology.

The early North American pro‑abortion movement was led by doctors, including Warren Hern, Bernard Nathanson, Henry Morgentaler, Willard Cates and Alan F. Guttmacher, whose language resembled very closely that of their peers in Nazi Germany.  For instance, Nazi doctor Fritz Klein said that “The destruction of Jews is analogous to removing a gangrenous appendix from a diseased body.”  Guttmacher, a former President of Planned Parenthood and Vice-President of the American Eugenics Society, echoed this view when he said that “Abortion is precisely equivalent to operating on an appendix or removing a gangrenous bowel.”

One of the earliest Nazi modifications to the German Penal Code was made by the Hamburg Eugenics Court in 1933.  It read “A doctor may interrupt a pregnancy when it threatens the life or health of mother.  An unborn child that is likely to present hereditary and transmissible defects may be destroyed.”  The American Law Institute (ALI) Model Penal Code of 1962, which was cited in the majority opinion of Roe v. Wade, used nearly identical justification:  “A licensed physician is justified in terminating a pregnancy if he believes that the pregnancy would impair the physical/mental health of the mother or that the child would be born with grave physical or mental defect.”

During the Nuremberg Doctor Trial of 1947, Dr. Gebhard Rose said that “The victims of this Buchenwald typhus test [who were intentionally and fatally infected] did not suffer in vain and did not die in vain.  People were saved by these experiments.”  In their defense of ghastly experiments on living late-term aborted babies, Drs. Willard Gaylin and Mark Lappe claimed that “In the case of abortion, the fetus is doomed to death anyhow, but perhaps its death can be ennobled when the research has as its objective the saving of the lives of other, wanted fetuses.”

Finally, both Nazi doctors and American abortionists pride themselves on their speed.  According to the Nuremberg Trials transcripts of Auschwitz doctors on trial, inmates injected with lethal doses of phenol died quickly: “Two or three prisoners in one minute.”  The speediest of the phenol technicians was Josef Klehr, who “injected two prisoners at a time.”10 The famous Chicago-Sun Times series “The Abortion Profiteers” reported that “Dr. Ming K. Hah, reputed to be the fastest abortionist in Chicago, vacuums the unborn to smithereens at breakneck pace: Eight abortions per hour, forty per day.  His productivity rate is so impressive that he sometimes performs two abortions simultaneously.”11

Most importantly, we must remember that all of the expressions of the anti‑life mentality ― whether they be slavery, Nazism, “pro-choice” or pro-euthanasia ― are based on a purely utilitarian ethic, where the end always justifies the means.  Adolf Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf [“My Struggle”]; “Everything must be examined from this point of view and used or rejected according to its utility.”12

In the current age, a refinement of utilitarianism called “situational ethics” reigns supreme in the United States, just as its predecessor did in Nazi Germany seventy years ago.

One of the few differences between the Nazi and American Holocausts is that the ability to make the decision to kill has been delegated from the Nazi death camp (Vernichtungslager) commandants and doctors to individual citizens.  The killing still takes place on a massive scale.  But instead of the murders being concentrated in just a few places, it is scattered all over the country.  In fact, the American Holocaust could be considered worse than the Nazi Holocaust not only in the sheer numbers of deaths, but due to the fact that tens of millions of parents have had their consciences deadened to the point that most of them abort their children for reasons of convenience.




  • Sol Gordon. Personal Issues in Human Sexuality, page 65.
  • Mary Jane Patterson, President of the Board of Directors of the ‘Religious’ Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC). “Abortion and the Holocaust:  Twisting the Language” [RCAR, Washington, C.], 1987.  This booklet is stylishly written and laid out on only the finest paper.  It features five short essays by apostate `Jews’ and phony `Christians’ that are masterpieces of Doublethink and propaganda.  This booklet is mandatory reading for any pro‑lifer who wants insight into just how clever pro‑abort propaganda can be.
  • See the Abortion Violence Web site at http://www.abortionviolence.org for details on pro-abortion violence against the Genocide Awareness Project in British Columbia, California, New Jersey, Ohio and Washington State.
  • Rocky Barker’s Letter from the West. “Don’t Trust Group That Pretends to Protect Salmon.”  Post Register, May 14, 1995.
  • Ingrid Newkirk, founder and director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), quoted by syndicated columnist Stephen Chapman in the December 6, 1989 Chicago Tribune.
  • George Orwell. “The Principles of Newspeak:  An Appendix to 1984,” written in 1948.
  • James Tunstead Burtchaell. “The Holocaust and Abortion.”  Supplement to the newsletter of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Volume 9, Number 11.
  • If not otherwise cited, these quotes and facts are provided in William Brennan. The Abortion Holocaust:  Today’s Final Solution [ Louis, Missouri:  Landmark Press], 1983.
  • Adolf Hitler. Mein Kampf [“My Struggle”].  Written in 1925 and released by Trans Ralph Manheim Publishers, Boston, 1943, pages 257 and 404 and 405.  Also released by Houghton, Mifflin of New York in 1971, pages 214 and 215.
  • Bernd Naumann. Auschwitz: A Report on the Proceedings against Robert Karl, Ludwig Mulka and Others Before the Court at Frankfurt.  Translated by Jean Steinberg [New York City:  Frederick A. Praeger Publishers], 1966, pages 151 and 295.
  • Pamela Zekman and Pamela Warrick. “Dr. Ming Kow Hah:  Physician of Pain.”  Chicago Sun‑Times, November 15, 1978, pages 1, 4, and 5.
  • Adolf Hitler. Mein Kampf [“My Struggle”].  Written in 1925 and released by Trans Ralph Manheim Publishers, Boston, 1943, pages 257 and 404 and 405.  Also released by Houghton, Mifflin of New York City in 1971, pages 214 and 215.

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