Pro-Life Advocates Defend Use of Term "Holocaust" Related to Abortion Deaths

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 23, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Advocates Defend Use of Term "Holocaust" Related to Abortion Deaths

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 23
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — Two leading pro-life advocates are defending the use of the term "holocaust" to describe the deaths of 50 million unborn children from abortion over the last 35 years. The term has upset some Jewish leaders because it is typically used in reference to the genocide of Jews during Nazi rule in Germany.

Fr. Frank Pavone, the director of Priests for Life, and Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., issued a joint statement Tuesday about the use of the term.

They say the description of abortion as a holocaust "is not meant to trivialize what happened to our Jewish brothers and sisters."

"Approximately 50 million human beings have been killed in the United States since Roe v. Wade permitted abortion throughout pregnancy," they say. "Children have been torn limb from limb by surgical forceps and killed with suction tubes – not because of anything they did, but just because they existed."

"If abortion isn’t a holocaust, we need to rewrite every dictionary," the pair explain.

King and Pavone continue their statement, saying:

"Periodically, protests arise when someone links the term ‘holocaust’ to abortion. The National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman, finds former Governor Mike Huckabee’s reference to the ‘holocaust of liberalized abortion’ to be offensive. He writes that the Holocaust was a ‘unique tragedy in human history.’"

"With all due respect to Mr. Foxman and others who recoil at the use of the word ‘holocaust’ to describe abortion, a clarification is in order."

"The term ‘the Holocaust’ refers to the slaughter of six million Jews by Hitler’s Germany. The proper noun attached to this horrific period, however, does not preempt the use of the word in its common meaning to describe the killing of a million Rwandans, over one million Americans, or two million Cambodians; neither does it prevent its use in describing the killing of 50 million Americans. "

"Abortion is a holocaust that has taken and continues to take more human lives than any holocaust in human history. We are deeply concerned at how easily so many people trivialize this slaughter of the unborn, especially since it hasn’t yet stopped."

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