Notes on the Christian Battle to End the “Abortion Holocaust”

  • Katharina von KellenbachEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges book series (PSLRSC)


References to the abortion Holocaust proliferate in the literature of the international Christian pro-life movement. This essay examines the ability of this term to recruit people into social activism as a form of lived religion. It shows how it mobilizes people across the theological and political spectrum and radicalizes some into using violent means of resistance and terrorism. The term distorts the history of Nazi reproductive policy and abortion legislation and minimizes the mass murder of Jews to the point of denial and revisionism. By embracing this term, the Christian pro-life movement constructs a totalizing world view that mandates intolerance and legitimates violence as necessary and appropriate.


Civil Disobedience Mass Murder Catholic Bishop Holocaust Denial Modern Nation State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St. Mary’s College of MarylandSt. Marry’s CityUSA

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