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The Nazis, Medical Research, and Planned Parenthood

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The testimony of Prof. Dr. Julius Hallervorden (1882-1965) during the Nuremberg Trials for Nazi war crimes was chilling, with obvious implications for Planned Parenthood today.


Hallervorden was a famous neurologist who became head of the Neuropathology Department of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Brain Research in 1938.

He was also a staunch Nazi.

In order for Hallervorden to do his medical research, he needed brains to study, and in 1939, a tremendous opportunity presented itself to him.

As explained in an academic, medical article, “his work as a pathologist during the Third Reich put him in close proximity with the implementation of biologic solutions (i.e., euthanasia) targeting those individuals with significant intellectual or physical disabilities in chronic-care facilities. The Nazi program of active euthanasia provided a scientific opportunity to gain quick access to pathologic materials. This opportunity was recognized and used by Hallervorden to achieve personal scientific objectives and research efforts.”

What exactly does this mean? What were these “biologic solutions” that so helped his work?

The medical website Whonamedit? (“A dictionary of medical eponyms”) puts things in more stark terms. In 1939, “a euthanasia centre had been established at the Brandenburg-Görden centre, where there was a sudden surge in institutional deaths. It is now assumed that a majority of the some 700 brains [Hallervorden] investigated during the Nazi period were victims of euthanasia, and that he was present at the killing of more than 60 children and adolescents in the Anstalt Brandenburg on October 28, 1940.”


Yes, although he knew he was using the brains of human beings slaughtered in cold blood by his Nazi coworkers (the mentally infirm and the handicapped, many of them children), he explained during the Nuremberg Trials that “those brains offered wonderful material, of mentally poor, deformities and early children's diseases. Of course I accepted the brains. It really wasn't my concern where they came from and how they were brought to me.”

Really? That was his justification? To paraphrase: “Even if innocent human beings were being murdered” – the very ones society should protect, seeing that they are the weakest and most vulnerable – “their brains were used for a good cause.”

Does this sound like Planned Parenthood? And is anyone more innocent, vulnerable, and dependent than a baby in its mother’s womb?

To paraphrase their pathetic excuses, “Oh, we’re doing the compassionate thing, using this fetal tissue to advance medical research and save lives. And the companies obtaining the tissue from us are doing a real service to humanity.”

At least Hallervorden was honest.

A pro-choice reader would surely protest, saying, “How dare you compare Planned Parenthood to the Nazis. The Nazis killed lived human beings. Planned Parenthood is helping women decide what to do with their fetal tissue.”

Really? Well consider this testimony from a pre-med student who went from pro-abortion to pro-life in one day after witnessing the abortion of a baby less than 14 weeks old:


“When I entered the operating room, it felt like any other I had ever been in. On the table in front of me, I saw a woman, legs up as if delivering a child although she was asleep. Next to her was a tray of instruments for the abortion and a vacuum machine for suctioning the fetal tissues from the uterus. The doctors put on their gowns and masks and the procedure began. The cervix was held open with a crude metal instrument and a large transparent tube was stuck inside of the woman. Within a matter of seconds, the machine’s motor was engaged and blood, tissue, and tiny organs were pulled out of their environment into a filter. A minute later, the vacuum choked to a halt. The tube was removed, and stuck to the end was a small body and a head attached haphazardly to it, what was formed of the neck snapped. The ribs had formed with a thin skin covering them, the eyes had formed, and the inner organs had begun to function. The tiny heart of the fetus, obviously a little boy, had just stopped — forever. The vacuum filter was opened, and the tiny arms and legs that had been torn off of the fetus were accounted for. The fingers and toes had the beginnings of their nails on them. The doctors, proud of their work, reassembled the body to show me. Tears welled up in my eyes as they removed the baby boy from the table and shoved his body into a container for disposal.”


Are you so sure the comparison is invalid?

As for Hallervorden being directly involved in putting children and adolescents to death (or, being complicit in their deaths), his actions pale in comparison to those of Planned Parenthood, which not only devised the plan for the slaughter of millions of babies in the womb but which profits greatly from that slaughter. The more abortions, the merrier! (We’re not even talking about the potential profit that Planned Parenthood makes from marketing the aborted baby parts.)

Yet defenders of Planned Parenthood have the audacity to compare aborting a baby and selling its parts to the act of donating blood. Dr. Hallervorden would certainly have concurred.

Today, we look back at this Nazi doctor’s words with utter disdain. I fervently hope that history – maybe the not too distant history – will look back on Planned Parenthood’s pathetic justifications the same way it looks back on the words of Julius Hallervorden.

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