Who’s behind the public policies that have led to millions dead from abortion?

By C. Topeth

When the killing of human beings becomes a pre-meditated methodical policy — put forward as a public good — massive slaughter results, and can be called a “holocaust.”

History puts a face on leaders who considered mass murder a political “good” — leaders like Adolph Hitler of Germany, Mehmet Talaat of Turkey, Pol Pot of Cambodia, Mao of China and Joseph Stalin of Russia. 

But what about American leaders responsible for our own ongoing holocaust: abortion? History has yet to put a face to them, but those who value the sanctity of human life are obligated to ferret them out and hold them responsible. This is the first in a new California Catholic Daily series, “Faces of the American Holocaust,” in which we put faces to those behind the mass murder of innocents in the U.S.


In mid-September, when a congressional subcommittee announced it was launching an investigation of Planned Parenthood, among the first to jump to the defense of the nation’s largest killing-by- abortion business was Rep. Henry Waxman of California.

Waxman called the probe by the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations “sweeping and invasive,” accusing the subcommittee’s chairman of smearing and harassing Planned Parenthood and called for the subcommittee to call off its probe.

“Planned Parenthood,” said Waxman, “deserves our support for its important and life-saving work.”

Waxman omitted the fact that there are currently two prominent federal False Claim Act cases (in Texas and California) against Planned Parenthood, brought by former employees who have claimed evidence of major fraud.

Nor did Waxman mention that just a few years ago, when the Democrats controlled the House and he led the Subcommittee on Investigations, Waxman had no qualms about using the subcommittee as a powerful political weapon. He appointed his hard-line chief of staff Phil Shiliro to orchestrate the investigations. Schiliro was later named a special advisor to President Obama, an essential connection between the White House and the powerful congressman that led to the passage of “Obamacare.”

During the 37 years Waxman has represented his Southern California district — which includes Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and western Los Angeles — Waxman has prided himself as a champion of legalized abortion and is recognized as the most prominent abortion leader in Congress.

The 72-year-old Democrat’s voting record is rated as 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (formerly called the National Abortion Rights Action League) and by Planned Parenthood.

He voted against excluding abortions from Obamacare, against banning partial-birth abortion, against making it a crime to transport a minor across state lines to obtain an illegal abortion, and against making it a crime to harm a fetus in the commission of another crime. And he has supported measures to permit use of taxpayer funds to export abortion overseas.

Waxman’s pro-abortion views date back to his earliest days in politics. While at UCLA, Waxman met Howard Berman, who now also is a member of Congress. Together they took over the Young Democrats Club and formed the Los Angeles County Young Democrats. In the late 1960s, Waxman and Berman forged a political machine referred to as the “Westside Boys” that would eventually take control of California elections and mandate that all Democratic Party candidates be pro-abortion or lose support. Candidates who wanted Waxman’s machine to get them selected had to first be fully vetted by Waxman. He made certain that each candidate would be hardcore on his favorite issues, especially abortion.

A 1994 Los Angeles Times story quoted Sheila Kuehl, an aspiring Democratic candidate and militant abortion advocate who would become California’s first openly lesbian California legislator. With Waxman’s help, Kuehl rose to become President Pro Tem of the California Senate. This is what the Times reported: ”It was like presenting yourself for consideration,” said Kuehl, who left the meeting empty-handed. “It’s a good thing I had watched all the ‘Godfather’ films.” The ‘Godfather’ analogy is apt: For more than two decades, the key to winning Westside legislative seats has been support from the Berman-Waxman group.

In October 2009, the Democratic Socialists of America, an organization that bills itself as the “largest socialist organization in the United States and principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International,” announced that Waxman was among 70 sitting members of Congress who belonged to their caucus.

Other causes supported by Waxman include “gay rights,” the legalization of marijuana, and “separation of church and state.”

For his support of abortion on demand with no restrictions of any kind — and forcing taxpayers to reimburse abortion providers — and for making pro-abortion views a litmus test for aspiring Democrats in California, Waxman has earned the reputation as the most dominant strategist and one of the most relentless, forceful leaders of the American Abortion Holocaust.




Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 12:35 AM By charlio
The lesson of John Brown is that we are not to be vindictive. “Beloved, do not look for revenge but leave room for the wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ Rather, ‘if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.’ Romans 12:19-20. Though it’s the farthest thing from their minds, what the enemies of life are hungry and thirsty for is mercy. Therefore, let us heap coals upon their heads by praying, when the Divine Mercy offers them mercy, three times, in their last moments between life and death, that they ignore the demons who say, “now you’ve done it, you can never be forgiven”, but, rather, that they come to believe that God is not a liar, but that HE IS MERCY. Thus, through our prayers, may endless death be cheated, and may the murderer and liar from the beginning be cast finally into the outer darkness he chose with full foreknowledge, bound with his minions and cast out into the eternal terror that he freely chose, with wailing and gnashing of teeth. May all come to know that GOD IS TRUTH.

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 4:24 AM By Bob Bugiada
Henry Waxman was my congressman for awhile when I lived in North Hollywood. The saddest thing was that his re-elections went largely unchallenged. He would win a large majority of the vote without even campaigning. We have only ourselves to blame for his truimphs.

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 4:30 AM By BETH
Anyone who votes for Waxman, Obama, (or Hillary if she runs) may not receive Holy Communion. There are no “proportionate reasons” for the killing of approx 1 MILLION innocent babies each year. Union workers – oppose your Union leaders using your dues to support these murderers and civil rights criminals.

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 5:12 AM By Ted
Does anyone really believe that our federal government was designed by the framers of the Constitution for professional politicians ? It’s designed for prominent citizens and farmers to take a turn at office for a while and go back to work. An amendment that limits senators to two terms and house members to six (an equal number of years). That would exceed the president’s limit of two and provide overlap. The idea is to throttle back the overall arrogance of power in Washington DC and make sure they keep the idea of public service alive. People like our current occupant of the White House, Waxman, Pelosi, et al see themselves as rulers, not public servants. That must change.

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 6:05 AM By JLS
Anyone know of any authenticated saints who were death bed conversions?

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 6:11 AM By JLS
I remember when Waxman was elected; that day the air turned black.

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 7:43 AM By Bud 
I have no confidence with the timidity of our bishops. From where I am, I only witness the grand masses and the hoopla on EWTN but no guidance and true preaching of where our church is going in this country. The straw that broke the camel’s back was having the cash to buy the Chrystal Cathedral supossedly “ad maiorium de gloriam” Why do I have to support Protestant/fundamentalist organizations to bring the fight for our existence where it belongs! I love my Catholic chuirch but hate the “pussy footing around” of our leaders. Credibility is fast waning!

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 8:06 AM By JOHN
Faces of the American Holocaust by CalCath is extraordinary! Finally, we know who to hold responsible. Finally, we know whose name to put on our picket signs. The abortion lobby never wants us to hold anyone responsible—they simply want us to battle “abortion” without exposing the perpetrators. MESSAGE TO HENRY WAXMAN—“Woe unto those who call Evil good and Good evil.”

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 8:16 AM By OSCAR
Bud, for the true teaching of the Church, read your “Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition”. It is without human error or bias. Regarding abortion and VOTING responsiblities on the internet see: “WORTHINESS to RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION, General Principles” by Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict). We must remember that in the USA there are no ‘proportionate reasons’ to the execution of about 1 MILLION innocent babies each year.

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 8:18 AM By Elaine
Waxman and his ilk—modern day priests of Moloch, enjoying child sacrifice.

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 8:23 AM By Eduardo
The abortion leadership represented by Cong Henry Waxman, must take perverse pleasure in killing babies. they are primarily motivated by the Zeitgeist of population control for political control, much like the masochistic Mao in China .

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 8:24 AM By ANNE
Everyone can find the voting record of current politicians on the US Government web sites for the House and Senate, and what the President signed into law. There are no excuses in not knowing how your politician(s) vote regarding: abortion, euthanasia, homosexual marriage, homosexual adoption of babies and young children, fundng of Planned Parenthood and other murderous organizations, matters that take away the rights of Parents in favor of the government, etc. CA has an AWFUL record – by voting for Henry Waxman, Barbara Boxer, Nancy Polosi, Obama, and Gov Brown, etc. (I would provide the internet links, but that is not permissable on this site.)

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 8:28 AM By Marie Searles
Wow! This is great material. I have heard of Waxman but never knew this history about him. Of course, where would one read such material? In the LA Times? In The Tidings? No way. I’m glad CalCatholic is presenting this series. Certainly there is no shortage of pro-aborts to expose who are in important California positions, including Catholcs. Next?

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 8:44 AM By Eddie
If Waxman controls the DEM Party in CA and the DEM Party is absolutely pro-abortion, then why does the bishops’ lobby, the CCC, praise DEMs and promote their projects? The CCC ought to be eliminated. Not one pro-life victory ever.

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 10:38 AM By Juergensen
But what about the bishops who refuse to enforce Canon 915 and allow politicians to legislate abortion during the week and receive and profane the Holy Eucharist on Sunday? Since a person cannot receive the Holy Eucharist in a state of mortal sin, these bishops, in allowing abortionist politicians to receive, tacitly teach the heresy that abortion is not a mortal sin. What role has that tacit teaching had in the American holocaust? The answer should be obvious to all.

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 10:45 AM By Brad
Charlio, your opening comment: bravo, bravissimo! Praise God.

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 10:51 AM By Vince Ryan
The poster named Oscar writes that the Catholic Catechism is without human error or bias. I don’t believe that statement is in accord with Catholic Church teaching. It’s certainly not in the Catechism itself. The Church teaches that the Pope, when speaking ex cathedra, cannot err. The entire Catechism is not “ex cathedra.” I am a loyal, traditional Catholic and view the Church as the greatest blessing in my life as it gives eternal meaning and value to all.

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 12:22 PM By Camille
Thank you for this revealing report on one of California’s most infamous elected officials along with his baby-killing promoter sidekick, Howard Berman. Please continue with reports such as this.

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 1:07 PM By ANNE
Vince – your statement is a popular schismatic statement by those who refuse to submit to the Roman Pontiff. On page 5 of the “CCC 2nd Ed” you will see the OFFICIAL statement from Pope JP II. It doesn’t get more official than that. (The ‘CCC 2nd Ed’ was first published in the USA in March 2000; the copyright is held by the Holy See; it has a dark green cover; – just to make certain you have a correct copy of the “CCC 2nd Ed” and states on the cover “revised in accordance with the official Latin text promulgated by Pope John Paul II.) Oscar is correct. Also the CCC is on the Vatican web site including the “APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION FIDEI DEPOSITUM” and the “APOSTOLIC LETTER LAETAMUR MAGNOPERE” used in promulgating the CCC by Pope John Paul II. And lastly read the Oct 2011 Motu Proprio from Pope Benedict called PORTA FIDEI, paragraphs 11 & 12 regarding the CCC.

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 1:25 PM By Paula
Vince, are you insinuating that both Blessed Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI are promulgating error, and both stating that the CCC is NOT sure norm for teaching the Faith and thus a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion? Are you stating that both Popes are in error and that the CCC is not from the Magisterium?

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 2:57 PM By JLS
Vince is correct, because a book is a book and is not a pope. Laity or priests may interpret what they read correctly or incorrectly. This is why the book itself is not error free … it cannot interpret itself. It is simply a document. The authority is in the pope, and not in the document. Again, it was Luther who got people to believe that the authority is in the Bible, and not in the pope. As for the CCC2nd edition, whether a reader interprets it accurately may depend on the language skills and reasoning skills of the reader. We each “see through a glass darkly”, as St Paul says, which points out the problem that occurs when individuals interpret anything at all. If this were not the case, then why have bishops and popes? This is a difficult and heretical issue, but St Augustine deals with it greatly and thoroughly.

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 3:37 PM By Rick DeLano
Paula makes a category error in her suggestion that merely because the Catechism is not an exercise of the Church’s charism of infallibility (it most certainly isn’t), it therefore “promulgates error”. Certainly Vince has correctly pointed out that there is a distinction between an exercise of the ordinary magisterium (such as the issuance of a Catechism) and of the extraordinary magisterium (such as a definition of a dogma). Nothing in this distinction contradicts the reliability of the Catechism as a sure norm, but it is also certainly not infallible. In fact several highly important corrections had to be introduced into the second edition of the Catechism.

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 3:57 PM By MIKE
Rick, there were importanrt corrections that were made, but ONLY to the ENGLISH version – due to translation problems. The correct version clearly states on the cover – “revised in accordance with the official Latin text promulgated by Pope John Paul II.” There were no errors in the original promulgated by Pope JP II. Please do not make it sound like the CCC itself had errors.

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 4:04 PM By DAVID
QUOTE ” The Catechism of the Catholic Church, which I have approved…and the publication of which I order by virtue of my Apostolic Authority, is a statement of the Church’s faith and of Catholic Doctrine, attested to or illumined by Sacred Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition, and the Church’s Magisterium. I declare it to be a sure norm for teaching the Faith and thus a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion. UNQUOTE ” – Pope John Paul II, with Imprimi Potest by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. If anyone is aware of any error in the CCC, let us all know what it is. The CCC itself contains no errors.

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 4:21 PM By Rick DeLano
Mike: That is not true. The original edition was issued in French, in 1992, and was corrected in certain very important aspects by the editio typica issued in 1997.The original translations were subsequently edited to incorporate these changes.

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 4:26 PM By Rick DeLano
David: Again. There is a distinction between an exercise of the ordinary magisterium, such as the issuance of a Catechism, and an exercise of the extraordinary magisterium, such as the definition of a dogma. This distinction allows, for example, the correction of certain issues which might arise in a given edition of a Catechism, as in fact occurred between the 1992 French original and the Latin editio typical promulgated in 1997. It is impossible to issue an infallible Catechism, because doctrine itself develops, and also because the Church’s charism of infallibility cannot extend beyond its clear and specific constraints. This is why the Pope declares the Catechism a “sure norm”, not a dogmatic definition. It is highly possible that future editions will involve additional clarifications, as is perfectly reasonable to expect.

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 6:16 PM By JLS
People who read it contain errors in interpretation, which is why it is the pope who is the authority and not the document.

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 6:49 PM By Kenneth M. Fisher
When I was asked by the late Congressman Clyde Doyle to go to the “California Young Democrats” as his personal representative to “fight the Communist efforts to take over the Democrat Party” in the early 60’s. It was Henry Waxman who was a leader in that faction of the Party. Pray for his endangered soul, I know him only too well. God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 6:57 PM By Kenneth M. Fisher
JLS, 6:05 AM Yes! St. Dismas was a death bed conversion. God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 9:17 PM By Vince Ryan
Thank you David for providing the words of Pope John Paul II. My initial comment was not intended to denigrate in any way the Catechism, the Pope, or the Church. I believe what the Church teaches as true. I do not believe that the Church teaches that the Catechism is without human error or bias, ie, inerrant. Thanks also to JLS and Rick Delano.

Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011 9:57 PM By JLS
Kenneth, good to know about St Dismas.

Posted Thursday, November 03, 2011 5:22 PM By Charles N. Marrelli
Henry Waxman’s power is maximized by the no-backbone Republican Party who, according to their platform, claim to be prolife but unfortunately are are too cowardly to take ACTION. Anyone in a power position who is aware of the evil of abortion and who choose to ignore it, he or she, become, by omission, facilitators! They are the complicit in the slaughter of innocents. If all of us sent a constant barrage of letters to all of our Representatives, we could start a revival. I write them regularly! . Your move. Charles N. Marrelli, Writers for Life

Posted Thursday, November 03, 2011 6:51 PM By Kenneth M. Fisher
JLS, Although he is not yet a canonized Saint, the story of Claude Newman, a black man wrongly executed for defending his wife is very inspiring. I think if is the real story behind the Tom Hanks movie “The Long Blue Line”. The similarities are too stricking. See :”The True Account of Prisoner Claude Newman (1944) by John Vennari, from the March 2001 issue of “Catholic Family News.” God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher

Posted Friday, November 04, 2011 9:37 AM By Jamie
BETH said: “Anyone who votes for Waxman, Obama, (or Hillary if she runs) may not receive Holy Communion. There are no “proportionate reasons” for the killing of approx 1 MILLION innocent babies each year. ” I agree. Obama was elected by a lot of Catholics who thought that other “social issues” were a proportionate enough reason to ignore his abortion stance. 3 years later: war is still going on in Iraq and Afghanistan (as well as action in Libya and possibly Syria and Iran); the economy is still in the dumps; health care costs are still high, with 20 million still completely uninsured, while others are losing their coverage (due to the unsustainable regulations of Obamacare); and the end to “politics as usual” didn’t happen either – in fact, the bitterness has been ramped up even higher, with Occupy Wall Street riots and class warfare rhetoric. The only “social issue” promise that Obama kept was the one that forbid Catholics to vote for him: abortion! He rolled back the Mexico City policy, so we now fund abortions internationally; he already put 2 pro-choice justices on the Supreme Court (and a 3rd replacement may happen within the next year); he expanded the use of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research; and he put a loophole for abortion coverage in Obamacare while also requiring all health insurers and providers to cover birth control for free (out-of-pocket)! Amazing how foreclosures and jobs and social issues aren’t solved by 30 pieces of silver…

Posted Friday, November 04, 2011 11:04 AM By Abeca Christian
Bravo Beth! God bless you!

Posted Friday, November 04, 2011 4:21 PM By Kenneth M. Fisher
Oh yes, in my post above I forgot to mention that I knew and fought Henry Wax-man, the Burtons, and Berman, they were the team leaders that the Congressman wanted me to fight. I have often told people that knowing them as I do, I could not sleep at night without my Rosary because they are now so powerfully positioned for EVIL! God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher

Posted Friday, November 04, 2011 8:12 PM By JLS
Obama has indeed changed politics as usual … Govt is now run by czars instead of legislators.

Posted Saturday, November 05, 2011 1:49 PM By Anne T.
Thank you Cal Catholic Daily for exposing these people.

Posted Thursday, November 10, 2011 6:50 AM By Dano
Abortion is a terrible crime here and throughout the world but it does not make for a good comparison to the Holocaust in Europe in the 1930’s and 40’s. Jews were forced to live in ghettos. Some lived in sewers, gave their children to Christians to raise, tried to blend in as Christians and did many other things to try to survive or have their children at least survive. Some had to make “Sophie’s Choice”, choosing between continuing their life for who knows how long and staying with their children while facing certain death. Late in the war, the Germans put a higher priority on killing Jews than trying to win the war. Abortion is terrible in many ways but it is not that similar to the Holocaust.

Posted Saturday, November 12, 2011 2:14 PM By Constance
You are correct Dano in citing the unforgivable/awful evils of the Holocaust in Europe. However, nowhere in the article does it say that the writer is comparing the two at all. In fact, the word “holocaust” does not solely belong to the one of the 30’s and 40’s, but is rather a word that describes ANY “premeditated and massive slaughter.” Make no mistake, the word holocaust very acurrately describes abortion in America, a country where millions of defenseless blacks, jews, latinos, whites, asians, etc etc are slaughtered every day by the racist and elitist hand of abortion, only to be dumped in the garbage afterwards. Yes, holocaust only begins to describe the tragedy of the abortion industry.