April 13th 2013

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ENVIRONMENT: Media silence over northern hemisphere's deep freeze

CANBERRA OBSERVED: New guard Labor's two colossal mistakes

EDITORIAL: 'Same-sex marriage' push in the US, France and UK

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: What kind of religion is free in the public square?

FAMILY: The not-to-be-missed World Congress of Families, Sydney

FAMILY AND TAX: Restore the family wage by simplifying the tax system

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: The legacy of Labor's leadership fiasco

EUROPEAN UNION: Depositors will bail out failed banks: eurozone chief

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Gathering storm clouds in the East China Sea

HUMAN RIGHTS: Senate urges government action on China organ-harvesting

LIFE ISSUES: AMA Tasmania resists Labor/Greens euthanasia push

LIFE ISSUES: The world's greatest killing machine

EDUCATION: Canberra betrays non-government distance education

SCHOOLING: Western values sacrificed to political correctness

CULTURE: Lessons for Australia in Taiwan's movie revival


CINEMA: Questioning the amorous gaze

BOOK REVIEW Debunking popular misconceptions

BOOK REVIEW From the wartime archives

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The world's greatest killing machine

by Bill Muehlenberg

News Weekly, April 13, 2013

So who is responsible for the most deaths ever? The communists? The Nazis? Armies at war? None of these.

We now have the rough figures on the cause of the most deaths, and it is not from soldiers, dictators or criminals, but from doctors and those involved in the medical services. Abortion, it appears, is the world’s biggest killer.

World War II took some 60 million lives. But it seems that if we put together all those who died from wars, the numbers would not surpass those who have been killed by abortion. Admittedly, hard data here are hard to precisely come by. And, of course, chemical abortions also account for many, many more deaths.

But if the “guestimates” of the experts are near correct, then we now know of the world’s greatest killing machine. A recent article suggests that, during the last 40 years, just under two billion lives have been lost to abortion. 1973 was the year abortion was legalised in America, and the death and destruction that have flowed since then have been mind-boggling.

The president of Human Life International, Father Shenan J. Boquet, recently wrote: “Simon Rabinovitch in his article, ‘Data Reveal Scale of China Abortions’, reports that there have been 336 million abortions, 196 million sterilisations and 403 million intrauterine devices used in China since 1971. He notes that Chinese doctors every year abort roughly 7 million babies, sterilise nearly 2 million men and women and insert 7 million IUDs, though precise numbers are hard to come by.

“My first reaction to this news was horror and disgust. Remember that these numbers represent the actions of only one country, and its corrosive behaviour against life.

“After reading the article, I asked Dr Brian Clowes, director of education and research at Human Life International, to investigate the number of worldwide abortions since 1973.

“The results were staggering! He estimates that there have been more than 1.72 billion abortions over the last 40 years, a trend that is not lessening but growing exponentially as more and more countries embrace and legalise contraception and abortion as methods of population control, which is always sold as ‘family planning’ and ‘reproductive health’.

“Honestly, Dr Clowes’ research left me numb. It is almost unimaginable to believe that humanity has sunk — and continues to sink — to such a level of disregard for human life. One would think we would have learned from history and the consequences of intrinsically evil decisions. As there was with the concentration camps of the Second World War, there should be outrage and outcry for the 1.72 billion children murdered in the last 40 years.

“Sadly their cries and those of our other most vulnerable brothers and sisters, the poor, the aged and handicapped, are drowned out amidst the growing waves of relativism, economic development and ‘rights’ without responsibilities.

“What will be the saturation point? How many more will die to satisfy man’s appetite for destruction?” (HLI World Watch, March 29).

We can never use the word “genocide” again without automatically thinking of the war against the unborn. This has been the most deadly, the bloodiest and the most chilling slaughter ever — and it is a slaughter of the innocents. The choice here is completely unambiguous: we either champion life or we champion death.

What are you doing to stop this genocide?

Bill Muehlenberg is a commentator on contemporary issues, and lectures on ethics and philosophy. His website CultureWatch is at: www.billmuehlenberg.com



Simon Rabinovitch, “Data reveal scale of China abortions”, Financial Times (London), March 15, 2013.
URL: www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/6724580a-8d64-11e2-82d2-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2OqCb0LXC

Fr Shenan J. Boquet, “Love’s true meaning revealed in Easter”, HLI World Watch (Human Life International, Front Royal, Virginia), March 29, 2013.
URL: www.hliworldwatch.org/?p=2383

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