Direct comparisons between abortion and the Holocaust are certainly controversial, but the primary question (as always) is the humanity of the unborn child. What exactly is growing in the mother’s womb? Is it a human person, made in the image of God? If so, at what point in its development does that organism become a human being? Or is it instead a clump of cells or an unviable tissue mass?
Before we can even get into the debate of whether this is an accurate or fair comparison, we have to answer that question. The answer to that question is simple: The unborn child is a human being from the moment of fertilization and the willful and intentional termination of that life is murder in the eyes of Almighty God.
There is no other logical place to assign personhood to the unborn child (or the born child) than fertilization, because at fertilization a completely new life form is created with a completely unique DNA code. All that is added at that point is shelter and nutrition. Assigning humanity at point beyond that is both arbitrary and dangerous. The most extreme abortion “rights” advocates claim humanity or personhood begins at birth, and some of the more deranged among us (such as Peter Singer) would actually place that line a couple years after birth.
Since the unborn child is a human person, comparing abortion to the Holocaust is appropriate, legitimate and logically consistent. Comparable does not mean identical – abortion is an individual choice while the Holocaust and other acts of genocide (like the extraordinarily brutal genocide of the Armenians by Turkey) were coordinated campaigns to exterminate out a group of people. But the results of legalized abortion – over fifty million dead babies in less than forty years – dwarfs the death toll of the Holocaust many times over.
There are other similarities, including the dehumanization of the unborn child. We have seen unborn babies described as everything from a clump of cells to a tapeworm. Jews in Nazi Germany were described as equal to rats and black people in the 19th Century were described as monkeys or apes – certainly less than human. It is much easier to soothe our consciences about the slaughter of innocent human beings when we believe the lies that they are less than human.
The horrible thing about abortion is that we have become more efficient at mass killing than any other regime. We have made murder into a “medical procedure” that we see in a clinical rather than a moral way. Other acts of genocide left their bodies in the open to rot. We hide our murders behind the walls “medical clinics” and describe it as personal autonomy. But the blood on our hands and the failure of most Christians to stand against it is an abomination nonetheless.
May God have mercy on our wicked land.