• Caleb Ball

A History Lesson on the Sanctity of Life

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On January 22nd 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill passed by their state congress which brought into effect a new set of regulations for abortion.The men and women of the New York Congress passed the bill to set three specific guidelines to late-term abortions.

The New York Abortion Bill and Roe v. Wade

To understand the regulations in the new Reproductive Health Act one must first know the statements in the infamous Roe v. Wade case of 1973. Roe v. Wade stated that states can regulate or even prohibit abortion after the point of “fetal viability’ (the determining if a baby will survive outside of the womb) which is 24-28 weeks, so long as they make an exception for abortions that protect the mother’s life.

The Reproductive Health Act makes it possible and perfectly legal to have an abortion under three circumstances. Number one, if the abortion occurs before the 24th week of the pregnancy; number two, if the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health; and number three, if there is an absence of “fetal viability.”

If a woman’s pregnancy falls into any of these categories then she can now legally be allowed to have an abortion. This means that a doctor can decide whether or not a baby is at risk of killing or hurting the mother in the last week or even day of pregnancy, which allows a mother to terminate the pregnancy.

Over the last couple of weeks, this bill has gained both negative and positive publicity. Many Pro-Life supporters have called this bill an atrocity, stating that it removes any freedom that an unborn baby has; while the Pro-Choice supporters are praising this bill for giving mothers more safety and freedom.

Abortion will continue to be a topic that people debate for months, as it garners international attention. Another event that happened far in the past is connected to this debate of abortion, and that is the Holocaust.

The Holocaust

On January 27th, the world paused on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Though many may not know or even stop to think for the millions of Jews whose lives were affected at that time, this day is a time to stop, remember, and say thank you to God for delivering them out of it.

As many know, the Holocaust occurred during World War II. It was the imprisonment and extermination of the Jewish people by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. Hitler’s twin goals of racial purity and spatial expansion were the core of Hitler’s worldview, and from 1933 on they would combine to form the driving force behind his foreign and domestic policies.

To the anti-Semitic Hitler, the Jews were an inferior race not even deserving the most basic of human rights. He thought that they would ruin his idea of a pure German race. Because of this belief, he attempted genocide under the guise of a world war. He built massive concentration camps which occupied Poland Germany, and other countries. He then proceeded to round up every Jew in Germany and the surrounding areas the Nazis occupied.

When the Jews were sent to concentration camps, hey were split up from their families and the elderly and those deemed unable to work were sentenced to death in gas chambers. Those able to work were separated from loved ones who most would never see again. The Jewish people endured this persecution for six long years from the start in 1939 until the end of the war in Europe in 1945. Many of the horrors of these camps stayed with many of the men and women for years to come.

The starvation, dehydration, and overpopulation of the barracks caused many of the victims to struggle with health problems for the rest of their lives. We have stopped on this day to remember the great price that was paid by the Jews, and yet many do not even know that this happened.

A study conducted in April by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany found that 22 percent of millennials either hadn’t heard of the Holocaust or weren't sure if they had. Two-thirds of American millennials that were polled also could not identify what Auschwitz was.

Another poll conducted in seven countries in Europe had similar findings. Among the people who were surveyed, 20 percent of people, who ranged between the ages of 18 and 34, had never heard of the Holocaust. It is shocking to hear how many millennials have never heard of this dark time in our history, where over 6 million Jewish people were slaughtered— and yet many are not told of the atrocities that took place.

How Abortion and the Holocaust are Connected

Some may wonder how these two events separated in history by decades are connected, but the core principles and faults that allowed them to happen are the same. It is an unbelief in the sanctity of life. If we do not value human life then all of our core beliefs are for nothing. If life is worth nothing then yes, it is ok to kill an unborn baby. If a specific life is not valuable then it is ok to imprison and kill an entire race of people. If life is not important then we can murder someone whenever we feel wronged. One cannot steal just because they want something; they would be causing harm to another person. We have laws set up because we value human life.

One of the main reasons our government was established by our Founding Fathers was to protect basic human rights and to serve the people. We as Americans need to stand up and protect these human rights as those who came before us did. If we do not stand and protect the sanctity of life, we are only allowing what happened before to do the same thing in our generation.

Remember what the English statesmen Edmund Burke once said: “All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” All that needs to happen to have an America without freedom is for one generation to ignore the problems we face each and every day.

Caleb Ball is a Contributor to Freedomists

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