Monday, March 24, 2014

"Abortion COULD Be Considered Genocide"

The Daily Tar Heel of the University of North Carolina published the following letter to the editor of mine on March 18, 2014.

Abortion Should be Considered Genocide

Genocide is a powerful word.

In her Pulitzer winning book “A Problem from Hell” Samantha Power suggested the word would “chill listeners and invite immediate condemnation” and “carry in it society’s revulsion and indignation.”

Human rights activists are warning that present violence and chaos in two areas of the world, Central African Republic and Myanmar, put certain peoples there at risk of genocide.

The UN defined genocide in 1948 as specific “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group...”

Those acts are:
  • Killing;
  • Causing serious bodily or mental harm;
  • Deliberately inflicting conditions calculated to bring about physical destruction;
  • Imposing measures to prevent births;
  • Forcibly transferring children.
Some individual nations expand the definition of genocide to include groups classified by age, sexual orientation, gender, political “condition”, health, or, as with France, “any other arbitrary criterion.”

And while the UN Convention limits prosecutable genocide, UN Resolution 96, passed in 1946, describes genocide as, “a denial of the right of existence of entire human groups”, “when racial, religious, political or other groups have been destroyed in whole or in part”, and whether committed by “private individuals, public officials or statesmen, and whether the crime is committed on religious, racial, political, or any other grounds…”

When Raphael Lemkin coined the word genocide in the mid 1940s, he focused on one shade of meaning of the roots gen and genos, one with the suggestion of race. But there are other shades attached to them as seen in the English words genesis, engender, genetics, generate, generation, and genius, which imply “beginnings” and “family.” Progeny means “offspring.”

So, given the power and potential breadth of the word “genocide”, and given that every person’s life begins at fertilization, the violent, widespread, government-protected abortion of pre-natal children could be considered genocide based on age. No other existing single word captures the full reality of what abortion is.

Link to the original story.

A slightly longer version was published on March 21 in NC State's student newspaper, The Technician.

1 comment:

M.H............................ said...

Myanmar (Burma) and the Central African Republic really are current potential genocide hotspots.