On the other hand you have the pro-life people who say that a baby, when conceived, is a whole human being yet to be
Most people simply do not know or want to know what happens during an abortion. You see, if they are educated as to the process they will have to admit that a human fetus was killed and extracted from the mother’s womb. Here is a description of what is used in typical abortion procedures.
Suction Aspiration/Suction Curettage
A suction aspiration type of abortion is very common in the first trimester. The mother’s cervix is dilated so that a cannula, a hollow plastic tube, can be inserted into the uterus. It is connected to a vacuum pump. This vacuum suction is 29 times more powerful than a household vacuum cleaner, as mentioned in the Life News article. And as Priests for Life mentions, ”the abortionist runs the tip of the cannula along the surface of the uterus causing the baby to be dislodged and sucked into the tube – either whole or in pieces.” The amniotic fluid, placenta, and other body parts are then also sucked out and collected in a jar.
A suction curettage type of abortion involves a curette, a hook-shaped knife. The curette scrapes out the uterus for any more parts, and a suction machine goes through the uterus once again to make sure all parts have been removed.
Here is how the Life News article describes a Dilation and Evacuation, or D&E abortion:
… a pair of forceps is inserted into the womb to grasp part of the fetus. The teeth of the forceps twist and tear the bones of the unborn child. This process is repeated until the fetus is totally dismembered and removed. Usually the spine must be snapped and the skull crushed in order to remove them.
Salt Poisoning (Saline Injection)
After 16 weeks, a needle full of a salt solution is injected through the mother’s abdomen so as to reach the baby’s sac. The baby is not merely poisoned when he swallows the solution; rather, his outer layer of skin is also burned off. The baby will also not die right away, as it usually takes over an hour for him to die. The mother usually gives birth to a dead or dying baby before 24 hours later.
This gives you an idea of what the abortionist does to end the pregnancy and kill the baby. When you read it and realize what has been done it is not as neat and clean when you just make reference to an abortion being done to a woman. This is in fact humans making a decision to end a human life by killing the fetus and extracting it from the mother’s body. Now, how much different is that from what the Nazis did during WWII when they had imprisoned millions of Jews and others and decided to perform medical experiments on them, the helpless and bound people?
Nazi Medical Experiments:
Background & Overview
During the Holocaust, the Nazi Party carried out a series of medical experiments to advance German medicine without the consent of the patients upon whom the experiments were conducted and with total disregard for the patients suffering, or even their survival.
Some of these experiments had legitimate scientific purposes, though the methods that were used violated the canons of medical ethics. Others were racial in nature, designed to advance Nazi racial theories. Most were simply bad science.
The Law for the Prevention of Offspring with Hereditary Diseases was promulgated on July 14, 1933. (a German law) It led to the sterilization of more than 200,000 Germans and to a great interest on the part of German physicians in sterilization. If successful, sterilization could rid the master race of those within it who were less than masterful and, if perfected, it could have enabled Germany to utilize the populations in the territories it occupied without fearing their reproduction with its consequences for the master race.
The most infamous experiments at Auschwitz were conducted by Dr. Josef Mengele, who became the chief physician of Birkenau in 1943. Mengele wanted to "prove" the superiority of the Nordic race. His first experiments were performed on gypsy children supplied to him from the so-called kindergarten.
On the day Mengele left Auschwitz - January 17, 1945 - he took with him the documentation of his experiments. He still imagined that they would bring him scientific honor. According to his son, he took them with him to South America even when he was fleeing for his life.
Pharmaceutical TestingAt other concentration camps such as Sachsenhausen, Dachau, Natzweiler, Buchenwald and Neuengamme, pharmaceutical compounds were tested to fight contagious diseases such as malaria, typhus, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, yellow fever, and infectious hepatitis. Sulfa drugs, only recently discovered, were tested at the Ravensbrueck camp. Elsewhere, prisoners were subjected to gas poisoning to test antidotes. In Ravensbruck new methods were explored to deal with fractures and war wounds. Prisoners' legs were broken or amputated; transplants were attempted.
The physicians enjoyed complete freedom to act without regard to basic medical ethics, without any consideration for the health of the patient.
There were some 70 such "medical-research" programs at Nazi concentration camps involving some 7,000 prisoners and some 200 physicians, who worked directly in the concentration camps, but they were not alone. They maintained close professional and research contacts with leading medical institutions and universities and an ongoing relationship with research laboratories. Indeed, the German medical establishment was involved in this work.
Nuremberg TrialsMedical experimentation on human subjects has long been practiced. This experimentation was different. It was left to the Physicians Trials, begun on October 25, 1946, at Nuremberg, which were the forerunner of the subsequent trials, to determine precisely how different.
Twenty-three men stood in the docket. Seven were sentenced to death; nine to long prison terms and seven were acquitted. Two physicians - Mengele and Schumann - had disappeared, and Clauberg was tried in the Soviet Union.
More important than the judgment were the principles articulated by the Court. They form the foundation for contemporary medical practice and define what was wrong with the Nazi practice.
The judges found that certain basic principles must be observed in order to satisfy moral, ethical, and legal concepts:
1. The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. The duty and responsibility for ascertaining the quality of the consent rests upon each individual who initiates, directs, or engages in the experiment. It is a personal duty and responsibility which may not be delegated to another with impunity.
2. The experiment should be such as to yield fruitful results for the good of society, unprocurable by other methods or means of study, and not random and unnecessary in nature.
3. The experiment should be so designed and based on the results of animal experimentation and knowledge of the natural history of the disease or other problem under study that the anticipated results will justify the performance of the experiment.
4. The experiment should be so conducted to avoid all unnecessary physical and mental suffering and injury.
5. No experiment should be conducted where there is an a priori reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur, except, perhaps, in those experiments where the experimental physicians also serve as subjects.
6. The degree of risk to be taken should never exceed that determined by the humanitarian importance of the problem to be solved by the experiment.
7. Proper preparations should be made and adequate facilities provided to protect the experimental subject against even remote possibilities of injury, disability, or death.
8. The experiment should be conducted only by scientifically qualified persons. The highest degree of skill and care should be required through all stages of the experiment of those who conduct or engage in the experiment.
9. During the course of the experiment the human subject should be at liberty to bring the experiment to an end, if he has reached the physical or mental state where continuation of the experiment seems to him to be impossible.
10. During the course of the experiment the scientist in charge must be prepared to terminate the experiment at any stage, if he has probable cause to believe, in the exercise of the good faith, superior skill, and careful judgment required of him, that a continuation of the experiment is likely to result in injury, disability, or death to the experimental subject.
You see now that after the trials the court decided to set standards for medical procedures that involved live patients so they may be protected and have a say in what was being done to them. So, now to present day… does the live fetus have any say or even a spokesperson for them have a say about what is being done to a live human being? I think not. My question in summary is, just what is the difference between the practice of abortion in our nation today and the cruel medical practices the Germans carried out during the Second World War?
I would say that all those guilty, from the medical personnel to the Supreme Court Justices who have permitted this practice bear guilt in this as did the German commanding officers who permitted the atrocities committed on the Jewish people.