“Genocide: a denial of the right of existence of entire human groups, as homicide is the denial of the right to live of individual human beings; such denial of the right of existence shocks the conscience of mankind, …and is contrary to moral law…”
– United Nations General Assembly Resolution 96 of December 11, 1946, following WWII
What if you knew that every single day somewhere in the world, thousands of innocent people were being targeted and killed, on the basis of an involuntary characteristic unique to a particular group? And what if that group was entirely comprised of vulnerable people such that they were not able to fight or even speak for themselves? And what if, instead of protecting these people, their government provided cover and even active support for their slaughter? What would you do? How might you respond, if you had the power to act?
If only this were a hypothetical, or a question for 1940’s Europeans.
The harsh truth is that this is happening now. Every day. And one need look no further than our own shores, right here in the United States of America. There’s a genocide occurring, on our watches, under our noses, all in the name of convenience and “women’s rights”.
As you may have guessed, I’m talking about that heinous practice called abortion, in which innocent children are ripped limp from limb and whose heads are frequently crushed and whose body parts are then either tossed in the garbage or sold like sides of meat to the highest bidder.
Such a practice, which unequivocally denies certain human beings their right of existence, more than anything else, truly “shocks the conscience”. And such a practice, more than anything else, must be stopped.
There may have been a time in our history when ignorance could perhaps be claimed – when science and technologies had not advanced to where they are now, having provided us all with overwhelming proof of the existence of the independent life inside a womb. We now know, for instance, that every unborn child has unique DNA, often a separate blood type than its mother, and brain activity and a heartbeat at the very early stages of pregnancy. These revelations were not always widely known.
But that time is over. There are no more acceptable excuses or reasonable disagreements. The truth can’t be hidden any longer. All of it is out in the open – known and viewable in a thousand ways at any moment, right in the palm of our hands.
There remains only the knowledge that an unborn person is a person and the question of whether we will protect life for all kinds of people or just for some.
How we answer that question will rightly be the thing which most defines us as a people and as a nation. And how each of us responds to the genocide in our midst will likely determine how we are remembered for generations to come, when abortion has once and for all been hurled onto the ash heap of history.
I hope and pray we will all do what we can to end this 21st century genocide. How could we not?
2/9/17 – Josh Hetzler
Legislative Counsel for The Family Foundation of Virginia