A question I often pose to students as we study literature that takes place during the Holocaust is whether or not every Nazi soldier was a killer at heart or just following the protocol of the organization. It’s so easy for us to make blanket statements that they are all evil, but the fact is, many were passive people who succumbed to groupthink and didn’t actually consider their evil actions. They were absolutely guilty of them, but they hid behind the “orders” given them, the perceived “good” for the nation and the race.
It’s hard for many to imagine that mentality being alive and well in America, but I’d assert you can find it in most Planned Parenthood offices, as revealed as recently as this week in the gendercide controversies. What we have heard is various spokespeople saying Planned Parenthood doesn’t want to “judge” women by telling them what babies to abort. This hands-off policy which runs through the organization is a disturbing practice of indiscriminate killing that doesn’t even engage the thinking process, much like a soldier in the Holocaust.
What we saw last week in the sex-selective abortion undercover videos and later comments is that Planned Parenthood is so afraid of regulating abortion that instead they would let a 5-month old baby be killed simply because she’s a girl. Nowhere did we hear “You know, we can connect you with someone who would adopt your baby so she could have a good home and you could try again if you’re determined.” Instead, we heard the echoes of the Holocaust soldiers who in a mass didn’t think but simply did what the policy was. In the 1940s being a Jew (or a myriad of other things) meant death. Today it’s whatever inconveniences us. Abortion workers often don’t realize what death and destruction has sucked them into the aspiration machine they use to suck out babies.
That may sound harsh but it’s really not that unique. Years after World War II Stanley Milgram, a Yale University researcher, did an experiment on obedience to authority which showed that the average person would flip a switch to shock a person, two-thirds of them to the point of great physical harm or death, simply because an authority figure told him to. No threats. No loss. They simply said the experiments required them to continue. You know, like Planned Parenthood says a right to a abortion should be available to everyone, so “the experiment requires that Planned Parenthood continue to kill without judgment.”
Again, this isn’t unique.
John D. Goldhammer discusses in his book Under the Influence: The Destructive Effects of Group Dynamics* the ramifications conformity of a “group conscience” (25). This “group conscience” seems to be the trigger for people to abandon responsibility for their actions. It is simply the “strength in numbers” idea carried out to a destructive end. People do not question the leadership but, rather, react to its dictates. The causes of conformity are different, but group influence is one underlying major force that compels people toward conformity.
He adds that the consequences of group influences that at first seem to be positive but can later be proved negative, show that “groups do not have a personal conscience. What they have is a collective center of gravity where some ideal or higher purpose becomes the driving force for its collective mission” (25).
Study Planned Parenthood’s “mission” in light of Goldhammer’s comments. I can’t read these studies and not see the abortion industry. Surely every single worker in a Planned Parenthood office doesn’t put on pom poms and cheer when abortions are done. Instead they are collectively anesthetized to “terminate a fetus” because that ought to be a right.
“I can tell you that here at Planned Parenthood we believe that it’s not up to us to decide what is a good or a bad reason for somebody to decide to terminate a pregnancy,” a Planned Parenthood worker says in one of the videos.
But that means they don’t regulate their own industry. Killing without discrimination is murder of the lowest sort; it’s what Hitler instituted. It makes everyone who participates in the abortion industry and never questions it at the same level as those masses who participated in the extermination of the Jews.
Extermination. Termination. Both destroy a nation.
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It seems we have not yet learned from history; thus, we are doomed to repeat it. Six million Jews has become 55 million babies.
And a bit of thinking and questioning could be a game changer. And a life saver.
*Goldhammer, John D. Under the Influence: The Destructive Effects of Group Dynamics. Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 1996.
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