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Leo 9 Donating Member (560 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-02-09 02:54 PM
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Was Adolph Hitler & The Third Reich "Pro-Life"?
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From The Global Library of Women's Medicine

History of Contraception



Tragically, the rise of Hitler extinguished these few sparks of national and international awareness of the need for family planning services. Authoritarian regimes always seem to find it particularly difficult to accept the individual need for family planning, and Hitler's Third Reich invaded the bedrooms of its citizens before it moved its troops into Sudetenland and Poland. Within months of coming to power in 1933, the Nazis forbade the display of contraceptives and all birth control clinics were closed.88 Contraception was labeled the by-product of the asphalt civilization, and Hitler himself described it as violation of nature, as degradation of womanhood, motherhood and love. Abortions were termed acts of sabotage against Germany's racial future, and prosecutions of abortion providers jumped 50% between 1934 and 1938. Attempts were made to register pregnancies, and in 1943, Germany at war across the world still found time to pass legislation introducing the death penalty for abortion providers whom continually impaired the vitality of the German people by such deeds. The regime that produced the concentration camps also sent a French laundress to the guillotine in February 1942 for performing abortions.32 Yet despite these ferocious measures, the number of illegal abortions seems to have risen.

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