The American Practice of Lebensunwertes Leben / Life Unworthy Of Life / Elements Of Nazi Ideology Practiced In The USA / Video. Video clips from the public domain. All images from Fair Use.
During World War Two, very many brave men and women died for their country in order to help free occupied Europe. They also died fighting against a powerful heinous ideology, an ideology that still survives and thrives today; even though those who perpetrated this ideology through their ruthless Third Reich essentially no longer survive.
The ideology of Lebensunwertens Lebens, is the Nazi phrase for Life unworthy of life, or -- Life not worth living. It was a Nazi term for those human beings who the Nazis believed had no right to live and thus should be killed. This included the physically or mentally disabled, the weak and the feeble, those with deformities, those who were burdens on society and others, those who were useless with no apparent function in society, those with inferior genetics when compared to the ideal.
Consistent with the Nazi ideology of Life unworthy of life was the Nazi implementation of abortion into German society.
In 1933, when the Nazis came to power, the law was changed to legalize abortion and make this a matter of decision for a medical review board. The development of Germanys abortion policy was left to the country's most vociferous abortion advocacy group, the Berlin Chamber of Physicians. This group, which advocated abortion on demand, determined that "The health of the mother - considered from all angles - is the decisive factor." Then, just as now, health of the mother criterion was loosely understood to mean any economic or psychological affect on the womans total well being.
There were approximately 500,000 abortions annually in Germany under the Third Reich, a country of 60 to 70 million people. And, in Nazi Germany, racial stock was considered an aspect of the health of the mother. If she was from an unhealthy race, such as Polish, Czech or Jewish, then she was often forced to have an abortion against her will. However, race was not the only consideration. Hitler actively promoted the destruction of the crippled, poor and unemployed classes. Abortion led to forced sterilization, which led to euthanasia, which led to the concentration camps.
Today, America and other nations have adopted this element of Nazi ideology into their society through the heinous practice of the abortion of unborn babies whose lives are deemed to be not worth living.
In doing so, we have allowed an element of Nazi ideology to conquer a segment of our nation.
A 2002 literature review of elective abortion rates found that 91 to 93% of pregnancies in the United States with a diagnosis of Down syndrome were terminated.