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February 22, 2010

On Wednesday and Thursday last week, there was an anti-abortion group demonstrating in both the free speech lawn and in front of the Student Union at UCF.

I am all for opinion and telling people what you believe. But, I also think there are good ways to do things and bad ways to do things. This group, in my opinion, did not choose a good way to show the campus what they think is right.

The first thing I had a problem with was what they called abortion: genocide. The term “genocide” originated in the 1940s as a way to define the Nazi’s attempted extermination of Jews. It stems from the Greek “genos” (race, kind) and “-cide”, to literally mean “killing a tribe.” A dictionary will tell you it it “the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.” (Source:, Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary).

The question is: is abortion synonomous to genocide? Is it comparable to the Holocaust (where over 6 million Jews were killed, not to mention non-Jews that were disagreeable to the Nazi party), or the Rwandan genocide (where about 20% of the nation’s population was killed in about 100 days because of ethnicity and policitcs)? Granted, about 46 million abortions are performed every year, and I do believe that a fetus is a human. But to call it genocide is simply inaccurate. Abortions are performed out of preference (and at times selfishness). Genocide is performed out of sheer hatred and violence. Abortion does not involve looking into a baby’s eyes, then killing it. With genocide, someone looks into a person’s face and interacts with them, a fellow human being, before murdering them. People do not perform abortions to exterminate the baby population.

My next issue is this: many anti-abortion groups consist of Christians. I do not want to generalize a group of people, but that seems to be the trend. A Christian’s purpose on this earth is to love God and love people. Showing people pictures of aborted babies is probably not going to bring people closer to Christ. In fact, I think it completely takes them away from the whole point of the purpose of a Christian’s life. Telling people en masse your view on abortion will do nothing compared to the Christian who befriends people who do not believe the same thing they do, and answer the questions as they come. A Christian group wants people to come to them, right? Or has Christianity become a country club? The abortion debate is so polarizing, I do not think Christians who are focused on reaching out to others should even take an active role in it.

If you are not a Christian, I have less of a problem with all this. But we all should still be conscious of the people around us. You can have your views on the subject. I, personally, do not like abortion at all. But this does not make me want to incite anger in others or perpetuate the stereotypes given to anti-abortionists.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Griffen permalink
    February 22, 2010 8:40 pm

    Though I do believe that Christians shouldn’t be attacking others, but should be loving on them. I do feel it is a duty of ours to say something about Abortion. I say this because we are called to defend those who are defenseless. You don’t have to go on a rant or go outside and yell at the world, but tell people your stand on it. But to shy away and not say anything, I feel at least, is like turning an eye away from this.
    My 2 cents

    • Amy permalink
      February 22, 2010 9:37 pm

      Thanks, Griff. I definitely don’t want you or anyone else to assume that I think abortion is OK. I don’t. I would have suggested a better way for them to do their display and whatnot but I couldn’t think of one at the time!

      • Griffen permalink
        February 22, 2010 11:51 pm

        I understand Amy, but let’s look at this from another approach.
        Has the cause against Abortion lost a lot to the point they HAVE to do this? If not, then they shouldn’t have done it, if so, they probably did it as a last resort. But yeah, still.

        Also, here’s an interesting fact. The person who started Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was in fact quite a racist who wanted to limit the populations of the blacks/hispanics, to keep them from growing large. On the subject of why they call Abortion genocide, I think from that standpoint, (since PP is the main driving force for abortion), it makes sense why people would use genocide. The idea was born from hatred of those races :(

        • Amy permalink
          February 23, 2010 11:12 pm

          I don’t know how much you believe in Wikipedia, but the article on Margaret Sanger would be pretty interesting to you (note the “Legacy” section). Even in her book Woman and the New Race, she says, “While there are cases where even the law recognizes an abortion as justifiable if recommended by a physician, I assert that the hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in America each year are a disgrace to civilization.” But, to be clear, I do not agree with everything PP does (it’s not all bad stuff though), and I still don’t like abortion.

          • Griffen permalink
            February 24, 2010 1:50 am

            Lol, I didn’t wikipedia it. I did research, one of the articles I looked at, basically summed up her quotes with references to all books and interviews she had:

  2. ialeks permalink
    February 22, 2010 8:57 pm

    nicely written.
    the pictures look a little “too much”
    i agree with you, they definitely should have taken a different approach

  3. Caroline permalink
    February 24, 2010 1:17 am

    Here’s my viewpoint on this:

    First, I think the term genocide is completely appropriate. The victimized group is not babies in general, it’s specifically unwanted babies. The holocaust was discrimination by religion, slavery in the US(which was not genocide, but I’m going to use as an example because it was another form of dehumanization) was discrimination by race, and abortion is discrimination by age, or level of development. People argue that because an unborn child is only a few months old, or because they are still dependent on their mothers, they must be less of a person than you and me, so it’s okay to just get rid of them. And just like slavery was allowed for so long because it was convenient for people to own slaves, over 3,500 children are killed every day because they’re inconvenient, or the mother doesn’t want a baby at the time, or a baby would get in the way of the woman’s career, or she just doesn’t feel like being pregnant right now. In 1936 the German Supreme Court refused to recognize Jews as ‘persons’ in the legal sense, and as of Roe v. Wade, the US Supreme Court declared that the word ‘person’ in the Constitution does not include unborn children. And like the Nazi’s tried to narrow the population down to a superior race, America is narrowing the next generations down to only children who are wanted and loved(or as Griffen pointed out, an original motive of PP was to limit the population of blacks and hispanics), it just isn’t as deliberate. And while the mothers who are getting abortions certainly aren’t murderers—usually they don’t realize what they are doing—the medical professionals who are involved know. And they see, when they hold the preborn in their hands, that clearly, it is more than tissue, or a clump of cells.

    We’ve been trying to do this in a more loving or more civilized way for almost 40 years and abortion is still legal. We live in a completely apathetic society where no one wants to take responsibility or deal with issues like this, and unfortunately, this is what it takes to make people realize that something is wrong. People used to say that the holocaust never happened, because it’s too horrible, and we could never have allowed something like that to go on, and the photographs we of it aren’t easy to see, but they’re proof that it did happen. Doctors still tell women that abortion is okay because what is inside of them is just tissue or just a clump of cells, and it’s not really a person, when science shows us that clearly, it is a person, and that after 21 days their heart starts beating, and by 4 weeks they can feel pain. So yes, the Genocide Awareness Project is not comfortable or gentle, but that’s exactly the point. If this is so horrible, so hard to see, why are we still letting it happen? Why is it okay behind closed doors, but the minute you reveal the truth out in the open, it’s too inappropriate or repulsive? Pro-abortion advocates work so fiercely to cover abortion up and tell us that preborns aren’t really human beings, that this is what it takes to get people to realize the truth.

    You don’t have to agree, but that’s the mentality behind GAP.

  4. Lauren permalink
    March 2, 2010 8:45 pm

    Great post – I randomly stumbled across your blog as a UCF student Googling the people who were at UCF. I think you make a very valid point, that abortion is not genocide. No one is performing abortions because they “hate” unborn children or want to rid the world of the baby population.

    I also think it is completely wrong to outlaw abortion, though. In cases of rape, incest, and detriment to the mother’s health, and especially in the first trimester of those cases, I do not think anyone has a right to tell a woman she must carry that child to term.

    The one contradiction I see is what you said – Christians are supposed to be loving and inviting, not alienating of people with different beliefs. That’s why I don’t go to church anymore, because I feel shunned by the conservative right that makes up the majority of Christians..

    I also see a contradictions in that same conservative right arguing for smaller government and religious freedom, yet then saying that the government should interfere in women’s personal health issues.

    MY 2 cents.


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