4 Reasons Why Abortion Is Like Genocide
Should the words “abortion” and “genocide” be used in the same sentence? Should the millions of abortions around the world be compared to genocide?
The general definition of genocide is “the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.”
Abortion can be defined as the ending of a pregnancy by removal or expulsion of an embryo, fetus or unborn child.
Genocide involves deliberate killing of others. It is similar with abortion. The act of abortion is the deliberate termination of unborn babies.
Below are some similarities or comparisons between genocide and abortion:
1. Genocide Requires That Victims Be Dehumanized
Dehumanization is the denial of full humanness in others and the cruelty and suffering that accompanies it.
We live in a world where society increasingly dehumanizes people. So when genocide occurs, it’s because the perpetrators of the genocide do not value human life. They perceive their victims or certain people groups as being less than human and therefore can be easily terminated.
Dehumanization is one technique which can ultimately entice genocide. In history and in our present day, dehumanization has justified wars, racism, slavery, depopulation and even abortion. Dehumanization also leads to certain people having the perception that they can play God over other people’s lives.
Likewise abortion also dehumanizes unborn babies. For example, pro-abortionists will argue that an unborn child is a “fetus” and therefore not human. They conclude that because a fetus is “inhuman” or less than human, then abortion is justified.
The second argument by pro-abortionists is the “my body, my choice” viewpoint.
Ironically, even though a pregnancy actually consists of two bodies (ie. the body of the mother and the body of the child), the debate presented by the “my body, my choice” argument is that a woman has a choice to terminate the body of an unborn child without considering the baby’s right to live.
2. Genocide Requires That Multitudes of Victims Be Deliberately Killed
The abortion statistics are both sobering and frightening when compared to various causes of deaths that occur around the world.
Abortion is the leading cause of death around the world.
According to data compiled by the Worldometer, a reference website that monitors various real-time statistics on health, the global population, over 40 million abortions are performed worldwide annually.
Worldometer website says: “The data on abortions displayed on the Worldometer’s counter is based on the latest statistics on worldwide abortions published by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to WHO, every year in the world there are an estimated 40-50 million abortions. This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions per day.”
With such statistics it is difficult to understand why pro-abortionists would support the termination of millions of potential human lives that are lost due to abortion.
Worldwide, more unborn babies die from abortion every year than any disease such as cancer, malaria, AIDS or even Covid-19. More unborn babies die from abortion than vehicle accidents, wars or natural disasters. More unborn babies die every year than any event or act of genocide in history.
3. Genocide Requires That the Victims Be Weak, Voiceless and Defenseless
When a genocide occurs, why do multitudes of people die? Why are so many people killed without intervention? It’s because genocide is a merciless and selfish act upon the weak.
Throughout history we see a pattern that genocide has always been enacted upon the weak, the voiceless and those who cannot adequately defend themselves. So the perpetrators are usually more powerful than the victims and because they have dehumanized their victims, they believe that any merciless act upon their victims is justified.
With abortion the unborn baby has no voice to speak out. The unborn baby is defenseless against this worldly system. The unborn baby is too weak to fight against a fatal choice that has been made without its consent.
So the pro-abortionist reasoning is that an unborn child does not have rights; an unborn child does not have a voice, an unborn child should not be defended and therefore abortion is justified.
4. Abortion Is a Violent Act
No matter how “safe” abortion is supposedly promoted, we should not be deceived into thinking that there is no violence that is associated with abortion. The dehumanizing and termination of an unborn human life is an act of violence which has emotional, social and spiritual effects.
Mother Teresa once said the following, “Abortion has become the greatest destroyer of peace, because it destroys two lives, the life of the child and the conscience of the mother… The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts — a child — as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters.”
Abortion is the shedding of innocent blood. Even to the pro-abortionist who debates that the life in the womb is just a “fetus” – no amount of semantics can hide the fact that abortion terminates a human life that is innocent, voiceless and defenseless. To terminate such a life is an act of violence which destroys both the baby and the moral conscience of the mother.
Furthermore abortion destroys the conscience of society as a whole. The frightening annual abortion statistics speak volumes about the depth of our spiritual and moral depravity.
So abortion is not only a physical act of violence, but it is also a spiritual act of violence against an innocent human who has been made in God’s image.
In Jeremiah 1:5, God says to Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…”
This statement from God reflects that God has a future and a plan for an unborn child. It also reflects that God does not view an unborn child as a “fetus” nor does He dehumanize an unborn child.
In the Bible the term “with child” is mentioned more than 15 times when referring to a pregnant woman.
The Bible does not mention the word “fetus” or use any dehumanizing term to describe an unborn child. God’s word uses the terms “child”, “son”, “daughter”, “baby”, “with child” when referring to unborn children to reflect the humanity of an unborn baby.
So abortion is a serious problem. The abortion statistics tell a story that society no longer values human life. The abortion statistics also reflect that abortion is just like genocide.