International ProLife Gathering at the Hague

 

On December 5th, 2014, I was asked by the Leadership Institute International to deliver the keynote address to a gathering of international pro-life leaders meeting outside the Hague in Hilversum, Netherlands. I presented the historical and logical importance of government recognizing the Personhood of various classes of innocent humans and how the failure to do so has led to the current holocaust of abortion. My premise was “Ideas Have Consequences”, more particularly, I used a quote from Greg Cunningham of the Center for Bioethical Reform to illustrate how various elements in history (Margaret Sanger, Hitler, KKK) have attacked the Personhood of some human class and advocated for human destruction—“This disturbing pattern of disputing someone’s humanity to weaken his claims to rights of Personhood repeats itself again and again in Western history.”

I agree with George Santayana that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” I use the story of Hadamar, Germany as the back-story for my presentation. It was in the context of this introduction to Personhood and reporting on the paradigm shift in pro-life circles towards Personhood in the United States, that I was able to visit the German village of Hadamar.  Hadamar was the original site of the killing that culminated in what is historically called “The Holocaust.”  It began as a public policy discussion on how best to ration German healthcare after the disastrous loss of World War 1. Germany was in the throes of hyper-inflation and desperately needed to reduce those Persons who were a drain on the economy. They labeled these people “useless eaters”. The US Holocaust Museum states, “In the 1920s, debate on this issue centered on a book coauthored by Alfred Hoche, a noted psychiatrist, and Karl Binding, a prominent scholar of criminal law. They argued that economic savings justified the killing of ‘useless eaters.’” The killing did not begin in earnest until the Nazi’s came to power in 1933, but the previous decade of public discourse regarding “human ballast” set the stage for killing to begin.

Who were these “useless eaters” and “human ballast”? They were primarily children with some defect. A little girl of eight years old with Down’s syndrome named Carla or a cute little boy of seven who was diagnosed with “schizophrenia” were the initial victims. Up to 70 children every other day were murdered by backing up a schoolbus to a locked shower room and piping carbon monoxide gas into the chamber. Before long mental patients were transferred to this “medical facility” and dispatched in like manner. As with any slippery slope the classes of human life who were deemed an unwanted expense by society expanded to include the elderly, the infirm, half-breeds and eventually Jews and gypsies.  The technology of mass killing ending in the Holocaust—began at a “hospital” that is still in use today . . . albeit only for curative purposes.

The parallel between the public policy debates of the last century and today’s public discussion of who should receive care under the new ObamaCare . . . are chilling. Consider recent admission by Peter Singer[1], a prominent proponent of ObamaCare, in which Personhood should be denied to those who do who do not meet a certain set of criteria. Excluded from his list of Persons receiving treatment under ObamaCare are those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, a mis-diagnosed persistent vegetative state, pre-born children with fetal anomalies, and yes, even healthy born infants who are unwanted by their parents. By excluding these classes from his protected class of Persons, he, like his predecessors in Germany, is setting the stage for the new Holocaust of our time.

 

Daniel Becker
President
Georgia Right to Life
 


[1] Peter Singer, DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University