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‘Abortion is genocide’: UK pro-lifers defend Scottish bishop’s Holocaust comparison

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ST. ANDREWS Scotland, September 25, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Abortion campaigners in Britain are furious over comments made by a Scottish Catholic bishop comparing legal, state-sponsored abortion to the Nazi Holocaust. But pro-life campaigners who use graphic images, some of which make the same comparison, have said the comparison is both philosophically and historically apt and that abortionists and their defenders should think hard about their position.

Speaking about the decision given last week by a Brighton court that displaying graphic images to protest abortion is not an offence under the Public Order Act, Bishop Joseph Devine of the Motherwell diocese had said: “All who value freedom of speech and expression will welcome the dismissal of this case by the courts.”

“I have no doubt that the publication of the photographs of the victims of Auschwitz and the Burma Railway brought home the horrors of such evil catastrophes far more effectively than a million pleading words. 200,000 abortions take place in Britain each year,” Bishop Devine continued.

“Why is the pro-choice lobby so desperate to hide the truth about abortion from the public?”

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service, still stinging from the court decision exonerating Abort 67 and the use of graphic images, reacted with fury, calling the comments “very warped.”

“It is staggering that those who invoke morality are comfortable with waving large banners of dismembered foetuses” said Clare Murphy, BPAS Director of External Affairs.

However, Andrew Stephenson, the founder of Abort 67 and the man against whom the charges were laid at the behest of BPAS, told LifeSiteNews.com that the bishop’s comment is spot on.

“Is it wrong to compare abortion with the Holocaust? No one argues that abortion is the same as the Holocaust but to deny they are comparable shows an ignorance of history and the reality of abortion,” Stephenson said.

Ann Furedi chief executive of BPAS has said, “We can accept that the embryo is a living thing in the fact that it has a beating heart, that it has its own genetic system within it, it’s clearly human in the sense that it’s not a gerbil and we can recognise that it is human life….but the point is not when does life begin but when does it begin to matter.”

Stephenson said that the question ought to be, “Matters to whom?”

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“Consider the vocabulary of the Third Reich when dehumanising Jews by calling them ‘Life, unworthy of life’ or ‘parasites’ or ‘useless eaters’ and you may feel a slight crawling sensation under your skin,” he said.

It is this sensation, he said, that is the basis of abortionists’ outrage at the comparison of abortion with the Holocaust and other historic atrocities like the slave trade. These comparisons form the basis of the Genocide Awareness Project’s displays used by Stephenson and his colleagues, who are pioneers in the use of the GAP in Britain.

Founded in the US, GAP is being hailed by those who use it as one of the most effective tools ever created to communicate the pro-life message to the public.

Gregg Cunningham, the founder of the GAP, flew to Britain to give testimony on the project at Stephenson’s trial. People who use the GAP displays, most often at university campuses across the US and Canada, say that accusations of “insensitivity” for talking about the similarities between abortion and the Holocaust, are among the most common objections to their work. But Cunningham says that the differences are only matters of form. Abortion, he says, is simply an as-yet unrecognised form of genocide, no different in outcome for its victims.

On the CBR website, the group quotes Webster’s New World Encyclopedia, 1992, that defines “genocide” as “The deliberate and systematic destruction of a national, racial, religious, political, cultural, ethnic, or other group defined by the exterminators as undesirable.”

“That definition readily applies to abortion,” the group says. In the case of abortion, the “national group” is “unwanted” unborn children “and they are now being destroyed at the rate of nearly 1 out of every 3 conceived”.

“They are being terminated in an elaborate network of killing centers.”

Stephenson says his British group always welcomes opposition, which gives the group more opportunities to explain why abortion is a form of genocide.

“Compare abortion provider’s literature sanitizing the process of abortion with calming keywords like ‘Gentle,’ ‘safe’ and ‘healthcare’ with the Waffen SS calming Jews entering the gas chambers, disguising them as ‘showers’ we might be forgiven for thinking there are some moral similarities here,” Stephenson told LSN.

“Abortion providers want their work hidden from public view because when it is seen it is despised.

“Of course in a ‘Me’ culture the response to seeing abortion imagery is often ‘That’s disgusting…you shouldn’t show it’ as opposed to ‘That’s disgusting…they shouldn’t do it.’”

A major part of Stephenson’s winning argument in court was that the pictures are, simply, the truth, and as such cannot be a form of “abuse” as the police had charged.

It was later revealed that police only made the arrest after PBAS had pressured the local council into acting against the pro-life group, raising the suggestion that they are feeling the pinch in their business because of the demonstrations. BPAS, officially a registered charity, listed their income with the Charity Commission last year as a total £25.536 million. 

Clare Murphy, Stephenson said, is upset that these “distressing” images are being shown to women coming to BPAS for abortions. But in doing so, she is merely admitting that abortion, when it is clearly and accurately depicted, is deeply upsetting.

But having made the admission, Murphy and her BPAS colleagues will only question the “morality of those showing the pictures,” not her own in condoning the act they depict, said Stephenson.

“She wants exclusive access to these vulnerable women with no accountability.”

“Clare Murphy and Ann Furedi don’t want you to see what they will do to the unborn child because they don’t want to defend genocide.”

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PBS defends decision to air pro-abortion documentary ‘After Tiller’

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Under pressure for showing the pro-abortion documentary "After Tiller" on Labor Day, PBS' "POV" affiliate has defended the decision in response to an inquiry from LifeSiteNews.

The producers of the film say their goal with the documentary, which tells the stories of four late-term abortion doctors after the killing of infamous late-term abortionist George Tiller, is to "change public perception of third-trimester abortion providers by building a movement dedicated to supporting their right to work with a special focus on maintaining their safety.” 

POV told LifeSiteNews, "We do believe that 'After Tiller' adds another dimension to an issue that is being debated widely." Asked if POV will show a pro-life documentary, the organization said that it "does not have any other films currently scheduled on this issue. POV received almost 1000 film submissions each year through our annual call for entries and we welcome the opportunity to consider films with a range of points of view."

When asked whether POV was concerned about alienating its viewership -- since PBS received millions in federal tax dollars in 2012 and half of Americans identify as pro-life -- POV said, "The filmmakers would like the film to add to the discussion around these issues. Abortion is already a legal procedure."

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"This is an issue that people feel passionately about and will have a passionate response to. We are hopeful that the majority of people can see it for what it is, another lens on a very difficult issue." 

In addition to the documentary, POV has written materials for community leaders and teachers to share. A cursory examination of the 29-page document, which is available publicly, appears to include links to outside sources that defend Roe v. Wade, an examination of the constitutional right to privacy, and "a good explanation of the link between abortion law and the right to privacy," among other information.

Likewise, seven clips recommended for student viewing -- grades 11 and beyond -- include scenes where couples choose abortion because the children are disabled. Another shows pro-life advocates outside a doctor's child's school, and a third is described as showing "why [one of the film's doctors] chose to offer abortion services and includes descriptions of what can happen when abortion is illegal or unavailable, including stories of women who injured themselves when they tried to terminate their own pregnancies and children who were abused because they were unwanted."

Another clip "includes footage of protesters, as well as news coverage of a hearing in the Nebraska State Legislature in which abortion opponents make reference to the idea that a fetus feels pain." The clip's description fails to note that it is a scientifically proven fact that unborn children can feel pain.

The documentary is set to air on PBS at 10 p.m. Eastern on Labor Day.

Kirsten Andersen contributed to this article.

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He defended ‘real’ marriage, and then was beheaded for it

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A Christian man was executed during the night by a high-profile ruler after making an uncompromising defense of real marriage.

The Christian, who was renowned for his holiness, had told the ruler in public that his relationship with his partner was “against the law” of God. The Christian’s words enraged the ruler’s partner who successfully plotted to have him permanently silenced.

John the Baptist was first imprisoned before he was beheaded. The Catholic Church honors him today, August 29, as a martyr and saint.

While John’s death happened a little less than 2,000 years ago, his heroic stance for real marriage is more pertinent today than ever before.

According to the Gospel of Mark, the ruler Herod had ‘married’ his brother’s wife Herodias. When John told Herod with complete frankness, “It is against the law for you to have your brother’s wife,” Herodias became “furious” with him to the point of wanting him killed for his intolerance, bullying, and hate-speech.

Herodias found her opportunity to silence John by having her daughter please Herod during a dance at a party. Herod offered the girl anything she wanted. The daughter turned to her mother for advice, and Herodias said to ask for John’s head on a platter.

Those who fight for real marriage today can learn three important lessons from John’s example.

  1. Those proudly living in ungodly and unnatural relationships — often referred to in today’s sociopolitical sphere as ‘marriage’ — will despise those who tell them what they are doing is wrong. Real marriage defenders must expect opposition to their message from the highest levels.
  2. Despite facing opposition, John was not afraid to defend God’s plan for marriage in the public square, even holding a secular ruler accountable to this plan. John, following the third book of the Hebrew Bible (Leviticus 20:21), held that a man marrying the wife of his brother was an act of “impurity” and therefore abhorrent to God. Real marriage defenders must boldly proclaim today that God is the author of marriage, an institution he created to be a life-long union between one man and one woman from which children arise and in which they are best nurtured. Marriage can be nothing more, nothing less.
  3. John did not compromise on the truth of marriage as revealed by God, even to the point of suffering imprisonment and death for his unpopular position. Real marriage defenders must never compromise on the truth of marriage, even if the government, corporate North America, and the entire secular education system says otherwise. They must learn to recognize the new “Herodias” of today who despises those raising a voice against her lifestyle. They must stand their ground no matter what may come, no matter what the cost.

John the Baptist was not intolerant or a bigot, he simply lived the word of God without compromise, speaking the word of truth when it was needed, knowing that God’s way is always the best way. Were John alive today, he would be at the forefront of the grassroots movement opposing the social and political agenda to remake marriage in the image of man.

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If he were alive today he might speak simple but eloquent words such as, “It is against God’s law for two men or two women to be together as a husband and wife in marriage. Marriage can only be between a man and a woman.” 

He would most likely be hated. He would be ridiculed. He would surely have the human rights tribunals throwing the book at him. But he would be speaking the truth and have God as his ally. 

The time may not be far off when those who defend real marriage, like John, will be presented with the choice of following Caesar or making the ultimate sacrifice. May God grant his faithful the grace to persevere in whatever might come. St. John the Baptist, pray for us!

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German homeschoolers regain custody of children, vow to stay and fight for freedom

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One year to the day since a team of 20 social workers, police officers, and special agents stormed a homeschooling family’s residence near Darmstadt, Germany, and forcibly removed all four of the family’s children, aged 7 to 14, a state appeals court has returned custody of the children to their parents.

The reason given for the removal was that parents Dirk and Petra Wunderlich continued to homeschool their children in defiance of a German ban on home education.

The children were returned three weeks after being taken, following an international outcry spearheaded by the Home School Legal Defense Association.

However, a lower court imposed the condition on the parents that their children were required to attend state schools in order for them to be released, and took legal custody of the children in order to prevent the family from leaving the country.

In a decision that was still highly critical of the parents and of homeschooling, the appeals court decided that the action of the lower court in putting the children in the custody of the state was “disproportional” and ordered complete custody returned to the parents, according to a statement by the HSLDA.

The Wunderlichs, who began homeschooling again when the court signaled it would rule this way, said they were very pleased with the result, but noted that the court’s harsh words about homeschooling indicated that their battle was far from over.

“We have won custody and we are glad about that,” Dirk said.

“The court said that taking our children away was not proportionate—only because the authorities should apply very high fines and criminal prosecution instead. But this decision upholds the absurd idea that homeschooling is child endangerment and an abuse of parental authority.”

The Wunderlichs are now free to emigrate to another country where homeschooling is legal, if they choose, but they said they intend to remain in Germany and work for educational freedom.

“While we no longer fear that our children will be taken away as long as we are living in Hessen, it can still happen to other people in Germany,” Dirk said. “Now we fear crushing fines up to $75,000 and jail. This should not be tolerated in a civilized country.”

Petra Wunderlich said, "We could not do this without the help of HSLDA,” but cautioned that, “No family can fight the powerful German state—it is too much, too expensive."

"If it were not for HSLDA and their support, I am afraid our children would still be in state custody. We are so grateful and thank all homeschoolers who have helped us by helping HSLDA.”

HSLDA’s Director for Global Outreach, Michael Donnelly, said he welcomed the ruling but was concerned about the court’s troubling language.

“We welcome this ruling that overturns what was an outrageous abuse of judicial power,” he said.

“The lower court decision to take away legal custody of the children essentially imprisoned the Wunderlich family in Germany. But this decision does not go far enough. The court has only grudgingly given back custody and has further signaled to local authorities that they should still go after the Wunderlichs with criminal charges or fines.”

Donnelly pointed out that such behavior in a democratic country is problematic.

“Imprisonment and fines for homeschooling are outside the bounds of what free societies that respect fundamental human rights should tolerate,” he explained.

“Freedom and fundamental human rights norms demand respect for parental decision making in education. Germany’s state and national policies that permit banning home education must be changed.

"Such policies from a leading European democracy not only threaten the rights of tens of thousands of German families but establish a dangerous example that other countries may be tempted to follow,” Donnelly warned.

HSLDA Chairman Michael Farris said that acting on behalf of the Wunderlichs was an important stand for freedom.

“The Wunderlichs are a good and decent family whose basic human rights were violated and are still threatened,” Farris said.

“Their fight is our fight," Farris stressed, "and we will continue to support those who stand against German policy banning homeschooling that violates international legal norms. Free people cannot tolerate such oppression and we will do whatever we can to fight for families like the Wunderlichs both here in the United States and abroad. We must stand up to this kind of persecution where it occurs or we risk seeing own freedom weakened.”

Visit the HSLDA website dedicated to helping the Wunderlich family and other German homeschoolers here.

Contact the German embassy in the U.S. here.

Contact the German embassy in Canada here.

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