If you haven’t watched “Man in the High Castle” and you’re an Amazon Prime member, put it on your weekend “To Do” list. I’m only on the first season, but it’s an amazing dystopian view of an America that lost World War Two. One of the most intriguing characters (to me anyway) is John Smith, a Nazi SS agent that is hunting down members of the American resistance movement.
Warning: Spoilers below from Episode 8 of Season 1.
In previous episodes, little things crop up indicating the Nazis continued their ethnic cleansing efforts. One episode features ash raining down from the incinerators due to a weekly burning of the infirm and cripples. Other Nazis make references to “cleansing” of all the Semites in Europe.
John Smith gets a nasty surprise in Episode 8. He travels to his son’s school to find out why the school nurse keeps pulling him out of sports. The school doctor shocks him with news that his son has a form of muscular dystrophy. As a degenerative disease, this means John will have to kill his son, since he would be crippled by the incurable disease. It’s definitely hard to watch the doctor pass John vials and recommend that he “take care of this at home.”
Thankfully, we live in a better world, where we wouldn’t make such decisions…or do we?
Currently in Europe, 88% of pregnancies that screen for Down Syndrome are terminated. Even though people with Trisomy-21 can do everything from hold teaching jobs to swim the English Channel, European families have decided these “infirm” aren’t worth living.
In America, abortions take on a more genocidal role for African Americans. Only 13% of the population, African Americans account for about 35% of abortions in America.
Going by the latest CDC data, there were at least 664,435 abortions in 2013. That’s more lives lost than heart disease (see page 5), and that’s without accounting for the fact that not all states report abortion data to the CDC, which would only drive the abortion number higher.
We’ve managed to win the war against the Nazis only to allow part of their ideology to take over. As we sit on the cusp of a new year, perhaps we can find ways to use our medical advances to save lives instead of ending them.
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