Sen. Steve Fitzgerald recently was attacked by Planned Parenthood (PP), the Kansas Interfaith Action organization, and the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education. The attacks resulted from a letter that Sen. Fitzgerald wrote to PP regarding a donation that had been made to PP in the senator’s name by a Prairie Village resident.
The pro-life senator expressed his “dismay” that someone would make a donation to PP in his name. He went on to state that “This is as bad – or worse – as having one’s name associated with Dachau.” Dachau was a Nazi concentration camp in which 41,500 Jews and political prisoners were exterminated.
I have been to Dachau. The site of the crematoriums and the chilling sculpture of humans entangled in barbed wire is a visual representation of an evil that condemned six million Jews to death for being guilty only of being Jews. The fact that six million innocent Jews were exterminated is verified by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum as well as innumerable other sources. Only Holocaust deniers refute that number.
None of the responses to Sen. Fitzgerald challenged that number. Since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, Planned Parenthood has performed 6,937,406 abortions. This number is based on PP annual reports of 1978-2014 and studies conducted on PP abortions between 1973 and 1978. The numbers do not include abortions performed in 2015 and 2016. Therefore, according to its own reports, PP has exterminated more babies that the Nazis exterminated Jews during the Holocaust. Based on the numbers, Sen. Fitzgerald is correct in that PP is “more insidious than (the Nazis).”
Among the chorus of those condemning Sen. Fitzgerald’s comparison was a rabbi from the Kansas Interfaith Action (KIA) group. The rabbi labeled the senator’s comments as “offensive.” The banner at the top of the KIA webpage quotes the 14th Dalai Lama: “It is not enough to be compassionate; we must act.” I am not Jewish, but I cannot fathom that a rabbi is offended that a senator did act to remind us of the slaughter of six million innocent Jews. Perhaps the rabbi should display an act of compassion for the 6,937,406 innocent babies slaughtered by Planned Parenthood.
KIA recently allied with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to hold a “Muslim Advocacy Day” at the state capitol. On its website CAIR states that their Civil Rights Department provides “individual representation” to anyone who has not been allowed to practice, for example, freedom of speech regarding Muslims. In 2007 Federal prosecutors named CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in an alleged conspiracy to support a terrorist group.
Apparently, a Catholic practicing his freedom of speech falls outside the freedom of speech purview of CAIR, KIA, and the rabbi.
Nor can I reconcile the outrage from the board members of the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education. Sen. Fitzgerald is right to be angry with an organization that has killed more babies than the Nazis killed Jews. In a letter in the April Kansans for Life newsletter, he makes clear his horror at what the Nazis did during the Holocaust. We all should be revolted by those actions. Yet the Center’s board rebukes the senator for an “appalling and ill-informed comparison” of the Nazis with PP and for “equating abortion to genocide.”
Abortion is not genocide according to the definition of genocide in the 1948 Geneva Convention unless there are other factors. Contrary to the board president’s statement, Sen. Fitzgerald did not equate abortion to genocide. He did, though, very clearly compare PP aborting 6,937,406 unwanted babies to the Nazi killing of six million unwanted Jews. Abortion is a horrific act that involves killing an unborn child. Pro-life adherents should praise Sen. Fitzgerald for having the courage to speak truth, knowing full well that he would be subjected to attack by those for whom facts are irrelevant and the life of the unborn is not sacred.
Rich Kiper is a Leavenworth Times columnist.