Saturday, January 23, 2010

American Abortion and Historical Context

January 22, 2010 marked the 37th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 ruling on Roe v. Wade, the case which has allowed for the LEGAL murder of over an estimated 50,000,000 children through abortion.

For a little historical context, an estimated 6,000,000 Jews, gypsies, and others were murdered during the Holocaust. An estimated 10,000,000 (probably a lot more) died in the Ukraine alone under Stalin, known in the Ukraine as the Holodomor, literally meaning "murder by hunger."

Is the situation in our country since 1973 really so much different, just because a court ruled it legal? Is it somehow cleaner because it happens in clinics and not concentration camps? Should it make us feel better that the victims are disposed of in medical waste bags instead of gas chambers? It gives hope to see the thousands of people marching in Washington, and across the nation, every year to say, "No, there is no difference."

This is another reason why good history teachers are vital to the survival of a free society.

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