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Abortion: Killing of the Innocent

During World War II the German Nazi party wanted to exterminate 5.6 million Jews. William Brennan, a professor of social services at St. Louis University, compared abortion to the holocaust. Adolph Hitler didn’t know what to do with so many Jews after they were captured. So he decided to kill them all, so they were shoved into ovens and burned for disposal. Many babies’ that are aborted today are disposed of in such a manner. Many are collected into buckets, bags, or burned in hospital furnaces. The holocaust of the Jews was legal, but as morally wrong as abortion is. Each abortion that has taken place kills an innocent unborn child (Brennan 31-33).


Abortion has been a long history of conflict and debate throughout history. Connecticut was the first state to name abortion as a criminal offense. A statute was passed in 1821 aimed at preventing murder by poisoning, made it illegal for women to purposely cause a miscarriage. Afterward other states proceeded to follow Connecticut (Rubin 1-2).


During these times abortions took place by means of drugs, herbal potions, and various surgical techniques. It was considered a woman’s business or her family’s. Abortion had been used as a method of population control by all civilizations. During the years of 1880-1960 when considering abortion, those years were labeled as the “silent decades.” The British common law originally guided matters of abortion. Abortion under this law permitted this procedure until “quickening”. Quickening is midway through the pregnancy when the mother first experiences fetal movement. Abortion was also acceptable in the 20th century before quickening. In the 19th century, there was a successful campaign to outlaw abortion. Many “regular” doctors were motivated to get rid of “irregular” doctors, those who were most likely to perform abortions illegally (Staggenborg 3). In the ...

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