57 Million and Counting
Like plodding horses with blinders by their eyes, Americans have blinded themselves to the moral and practical horrors of abortion. Our blinders are our deliberate decision to look away. Looking straight ahead, we do not allow ourselves to see, or count, or consider the reasons behind the numbers.
Declaring that they want abortion to be "safe, legal, and rare," abortion advocates in the U.S. have crafted some of the world's most tolerant laws regarding the purposeful termination of pregnancy. How tolerant are they? According to the Guttmacher Institute (a group dedicated to the liberalization of abortion laws, and once a subsidiary of Planned Parenthood), "Abortion is a common experience: At current rates, about three in ten American women will have had an abortion by the time she reaches age 45."
A "Common" Experience
How common is abortion?
Since 1973, when abortion was legalized in the U.S. by the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, there have been nearly 57 million abortions. Current abortions numbers are at almost 1,000,000 per year during a period in American history when pregnancy rates are decreasing.
How many is 57,000,000?
If all of those children had been allowed to live and became their own state, they would easily be the largest state in the United States, with a much larger population than either #1 California (38.3 million) or #2 Texas (26.4 million). Do the math. There have been more than twice as many aborted American babies than there are living Texans.
How common is abortion?
Arguing in favor of some of the world's most liberal abortion laws (in supposedly more-liberal Europe, most countries limit abortions to the first trimester, and waiting periods, and parental consent for minors are common), abortion advocates have used medical necessity and cases of pregnancy after rape as talking points.
Yet when asked why they opted for abortion, women who have been surveyed following abortions include the following explanations:
- 75% say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or other activities.
- 75% say that they cannot afford a child.
- 50% say they do not want to be a single parent.
- Only 15% list "problems with getting contraception" as a reason.
- Only 12% list "medical reasons" - this includes emotional and psychological categories.
- One percent report that they were survivors of rape.
Without the Blinders
Removing the blinders that have quieted the controversy over abortion (most have adopted a blinded "It is what it is" attitude toward abortion) one is forced to face two facts:
- Abortion continues at an alarming rate.
- Abortion continues primarily because of convenience.
Why Does This Matter?
These two facts about abortion contradict two moral absolutes.
- It's about innocent life. As a gift from God, innocent life is to be protected (Prov. 6:17). Do not waste your time trying to explain to me that unborn Benjamin Price Prather is some kind of blob and is not living, human, and innocent.
- It's about responsibility. Perhaps even more morally insidious than the taking of innocent life is disregarding the life of the unborn for the sake of convenience. If it is thought to be in poor form to throw your plastic bottles onto Texas highways ("Don't Mess With Texas"), how much morally poorer is it to throw away your child so you can "get on with life" (Don't mess with the unborn)?