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Abortion: Where It All Began

by Christopher A. Ferrara
December 21, 2009

In an article entitled “The Road to Hitler Was Paved with Abortions” (New Oxford Review online, December 2009), Anne Barbeau Gardiner reviews the book Cultures of Abortion, by Cornelie Usborne. Barbeau’s review brings to light some little known facts about the decadent Weimar Republic, installed to replace imperial rule after the debacle of World War I and the German Revolution of 1918.

Usborne, as Barbeau notes, demonstrates that “even before abortion was an issue, contraception was ‘big business’ in Germany prior to World War I, due to ‘Neomalthusian propaganda’” — that is, propaganda concerning the myth of “overpopulation.” Usborne shows that by 1913, some 17 years before the Lambeth Conference at which the Anglicans caved in on the issue, “81 percent of the wives of civil servants and 72 percent of the wives of workers used contraceptives,” and that in 1927 “the law was changed to allow contraceptives to be advertised, though some of these, like the uterine coil, were also abortifacient.”

Think about that: the Weimar Republic was so decadent that contraceptives were not only sold, but advertised — long before they were freely sold and advertised in the United States (which would eventually become the virtual abortion capital of the “free world”).

Usborne’s book, writes Barbeau, shows that in Germany “those who married before 1905 averaged 4.7 children per family; those who married in 1925-1929, only two,” and that “the Weimar Republic was distinguished by ‘the lowest birth rate in the Western world’ [and] ‘a new hedonism in women’s sexuality.’”

What followed, of course, was liberalized abortion as a “backup” to contraceptive failure. In an eerie prefigurement of what happened in America forty-six years later, the Supreme Court of the Weimar Republic, in a 1927 decision, “allowed doctors to perform ‘therapeutic’ abortions’” and German abortion law became “‘one of the most liberal in the world’ because doctors could easily convince officials that any abortion was necessary for ‘health’ reasons.” Sound familiar?

All of this, mind you, before the madman Hitler rose to power in Germany on the strength of popular bitterness and humiliation over the crushing terms of the disastrous Treaty of Versailles. And, as we know, forced abortions were among the German war crimes prosecuted at Nuremburg.

In April 1917, at the height of World War I, the German High Command sent Lenin into Russia by train in the hope of destabilizing Kerensky’s “moderately” revolutionary Provisional Government. The move succeeded, and the October Revolution predicted by Our Lady of Fatima only weeks before followed. Three years later, Russia became the first country in human history to legalize abortion-on-demand. Four years after that, the German Supreme Court legalized abortion in the Weimar Republic. And, in another 46 years, the U.S. Supreme Court mandated abortion on demand in America.

“If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.”

In contemporary Russia there are 13 abortions for every 10 live births. Russia has yet to be converted. The resulting condition of Russian society tells us that the annihilation of nations — of which Sister Lucy warned long after World War II had ended — is looming before a world that is aborting the innocent unborn by the millions on every continent. And it all began in Russia, where it continues relentlessly today.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!