[Hitler’s] primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.
-United States Office of Strategic Services Report on Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler was an evil man, but he was not a stupid man. He used rhetoric, diversion and straight-up lies to deceive interwar Germany into starting another world war and committing atrocities like the Holocaust. Hitler was successful not because of the righteousness of his cause, but because of the way it was packaged and sold to the public. Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry are successful for very similar reasons.
Why Compassion Shouldn’t Be Confused With Justice
Almost no one believes in the righteousness of abortion in and of itself (although there are some, just as there are with every issue, that would believe it). Most people, when confronted with the concept of abortion in the abstract, devoid of the circumstances that lead a woman to consider terminating her pregnancy, will express disapproval of the practice. If a woman wants an abortion for vanity (such as this woman who ransomed her unborn child for $1 million), repulsion is the natural response.
But if a woman, raped and battered by an abuser, wants an abortion, people hem and haw, and many people — too many people — conclude that an abortion would be justified, even understandable, given the circumstances. It seems that people confuse compassion for these women with justice, as if aborting a baby conceived in violence can restore justice to the situation. One can be compassionate without encouraging abortion.
Why does abstract abortion produce such a revolting reaction? Because people intuitively know what a “product of conception” really is. Even before “the talk” you have with your parents when you’re 12 years old, you know what’s growing inside a pregnant woman. Sometimes it takes an academic or an ideologue to deny the obvious. Furthermore, the science of in utero fetuses has advanced rapidly since 1973 when the “clumps of cells” argument may have held some water. Now, with 3D ultrasounds, in utero operations and a number of other medical advances, it is beyond foolish to deny what an unborn child really is: human, and deserving of rights, just like the rest of us.
This harkens to Dr. Richard Seltzer’s 1976 essay, “Mortal Lessons,” where he describes a “freak accident” in the disposal process of aborted babies. The garbage collection that day went awry and the bodies of the children, small and naked and “flung apart,” were strewn across the pavement. “You cover your mouth, your eyes. You are fixed. Horror has found its chink and crawled in, and you will never be the same as you were,” he writes. “The hospital director wants you to know that it is not an everyday occurrence. Once in a lifetime, he says … He has spent the entire day, he says, trying to figure out how it happened. He wants you to know that. Somehow it matters to him. He goes on: aborted fetuses that weigh one pound or less are incinerated. Those weighing over one pound are buried at the city cemetery.”
“Now you see. It is orderly. It is sensible. The world is not mad. This is still a civilized society … But just this once, you know it isn’t. You saw, and you know.”
But note how carefully Planned Parenthood and other abortion apologists tread across the humanity issue. They won’t admit that a fetus is human, even though they know full well that it is. Granting that premise opens a Pandora’s box of ethical issues that are better left buried. Instead, they say things like a fetus is a “product of conception,” or, when really pressed, they might grant the humanity of the fetus but still deny it the right to life: “my body, my choice” has proven to be an effective counter argument to pro-lifers who argue that fetuses have a right to life.
Planned Parenthood Has Perfected The Big Lie
Hitler pioneered the concept of the Big Lie, but Planned Parenthood may well have perfected it. The Big Lie is quite different from a small lie. Hitler accurately noted the aspects of human nature that lead groups and individuals to believe lies on massive scales, even after the truth of the matter has been exposed:
… in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.
Does this remind you of Planned Parenthood? It should. The truth is that unborn children don’t deserve abortion, but to Planned Parenthood, fetuses are no more than “products of conception,” abortion is just “three percent” of their otherwise “necessary” health care services, and defunding them would lead to more abortions. None of this is true. The Big Lie of Planned Parenthood isn’t just Big — it’s the mother of them all.