Skip to comments.United States Sees 53 Million Abortions Since Roe in 1973
Posted on 11/27/2010 2:09:08 PM PST by wagglebee
Americans saw a political milestone this month as more pro-life lawmakers were elected to the House of Representatives than ever before, but the nation also quietly reached a less joyful mark.
In January, the National Right to Life Committee provided a new analysis of the total number of abortions done in the 37 years since the Roe v. Wade decision.
The Supreme Court handed down its controversial ruling allowing virtually unlimited abortions at any time throughout pregnancy in January 1973. The NRLC analysis found that 52 million unborn children had been killed in abortions as of January.
The analysis also found that the best estimate for the current number of annual abortions in the United States involving both the surgical abortion procedure as well as the dangerous abortion drug RU 486 is 1.2 million.
As a result, the United States likely passed the 53 million abortion mark on November 1 the day before Americans went to the polls to vote in a pro-life House majority and target President Barack Obamas pro-abortion allies for defeat.
Obama has done everything in his power to advance abortion and continue that pro-abortion legacy of the Supreme Court, including naming two more pro-abortion jurists in Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. He has also expanded that 53 million abortions by authorizing abortion funding in various instances and decreasing funds for abstinence education.
In its survey of abortion numbers, NRLC goes to the source by relying on the Guttmacher Institute, the former research arm of Planned Parenthood, which receives numbers directly from abortion centers themselves.
Thats because the Centers for Disease Control has never tabulated accurate numbers of abortions. The CDC relies on figures from state health departments, some of which rely on voluntary reporting and it hasnt had data from some states such as California and New Hampshire for more than a decade.
Because of these different methods of data collection, GI has consistently obtained higher counts than the CDC. CDC researchers have admitted it probably undercounts the total number of abortions because reporting laws vary from state to state and some abortionists probably do not report or under-report the abortions they perform, NRLC explained in January.
Digging into the numbers, the NRLC analysis from earlier this year showed abortion numbers rising in the 1970s and, in the 1980s, abortion eventually mainstreamed itself to the point that about 1.55 million abortions were done annually until the early 1990s.
At that point, as crisis pregnancy centers began turning the corner with the use of ultrasounds, pro-life state legislation began to take hold and the Internet allowed the pro-life perspective to flourish, abortions began to decline.
After reaching a high of over 1.6 million in 1990, the number of abortions annually performed in the U.S. has dropped back to levels not seen since the late 1970s, NRLC says.
The Guttmacher Institutes most recent abortion figures, from 2005, confirm the downward trend from a high of 1.6 million abortions in 1990 to 1.2 million that year. Without any hard figures in the last few years, NRLC estimates the number of abortions from 2006 to today at the same rate of 1.2 million that GI reported.
To calculate the overall number of abortions, NRLC includes the hard figures from 1973-2005, the estimates for the last few years and also includes the Guttmacher Institutes admission that its own figures are likely about three percent lower than the actual totals because of potential errors in reporting.
National Right to Life estimated that, in January, there have been 52,008,665 abortions using either surgical or the abortion drug (RU 486) method since Roe v. Wade.
NRLC director of research and education Randy OBannon talked with LifeNews.com at that time about the figures.
Abortion has taken a terrible toll on America. Weve now lost more than 52 million of our sons, daughters, friends, and neighbors and we are a much poorer nation for it, he said.
Over the past twenty years, however, we have seen that pro-life efforts can make a difference, as the number of abortions performed in the U.S. has declined from 1.6 million to 1.2 million a year. Weve still a long way to go, obviously, but we see that pro-life legislation, education, and outreach can save and has saved hundreds of thousands of lives, OBannon added. Our task is great, but our cause is just.
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53 million too many ! What has this also done to our economy ?
Beg to differ. I thought most abortions were performed on college-age white women.
At any rate, we have not only lost 53 million Americans since 1973 but also have lost their children.
Who knows what those children would have achieved?
Liberalism IS a disease.
Not Only divorced from the Constitution but proto-democrats looking for freebies..
Row vs Wade is not about abortion... but about demographics..
Amnesty will destroy the America.. at least the one we know..
2010 and 2012 will either destroy or rebuild America..
Americas enemy is not the Chinese but Apathy..
Millions of citizens who could have enriched the USA are missing. Millions of taxpayers and Social Security contributors to put money into the pot every month so it can be given to current recipients have been murdered. When the nation goes belly up, we have only our selfishness and sinfulness to blame. “The wheels of God’s justice move slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine.”
Hitler is now in fourth place, after Stalin (44 million), Blackmun (53 million), and Mao (100 million).
Are you a follower of Margaret Sanger?
labor shortage -
to fill in for the 53M workers that were aborted.
Also, Hitler and Stalin are both bumped by Rachel Carson, her push to ban DDT has resulted in at least 60 MILLION malaria deaths in the past four decades (and even National Geographic now acknowledges that "Silent Spring" was based on totally bogus science).
I'm wondering. Would you be willing to give up your life just to make someone elses life a little more convenient?
I do not have it within me to ask for God’s forgiveness for this travesty... nor could I ever understand how He could.
Plus that’s 40 years ago, so you can add 60% to that for the children THEY would have had.
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