“The abortion/Holocaust analogy and the reality of abortion during the Holocaust” by Chanel Dubofsky

Reference: Jewish Women's Archive

A few months ago, a friend of mine told me about a screening of the film “180” at her university. It was being hosted by the campus anti-choice group (the event would also include snacks, which we joked would be ‘fetus flavored popcorn’). The film is one of several which compare abortion to the Holocaust.

The more dramatic the comparison, of course, the more likely it is to overwhelm people and distract them from their ability to think clearly about it. The argument that permeates “180,” which features a whole bunch of college aged students who don’t know who Hitler was, is that making the association between choice and abortion is the same as saying that one should excuse the Holocaust, since it was with state sanctioned autonomy that Hitler instituted the mass execution of Jews and other populations.

On the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, it’s important to take note of how the anti-choice movement is utilizing this tactic more and more, and expanding it. This isn’t a new trope, it’s simply another vehicle, similar to that of who brought you the infamous billboard stating: “The Most Dangerous Place for an African American Baby is in the Womb.”

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