Earlier this year, on the anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision, I heard a radio host on a Catholic broadcast indicate that legal abortions had killed 50 to 60 million children in the years since the Supreme Court declared infanticide legal. It is my recollection that he indicated the number was applicable to surgical abortions. If the number were applicable only to surgical abortions, the true number of abortions would be dramatically higher. But first, I had to reconcile the difference between 50 and 60 million.
The Jump from 50 to 60 Million Abortions
The estimated population of the USA was 325,980,000 people in 2017. Working with the 50 million deaths, that would be 15.33% of the population. Working with 60 million deaths, that would be 18.4% of the population. This would break down to almost every 5th person you see disappearing—every 5th or 6th person in your church, at the mall, in the movie theatre, in the stores and so on. (Yes, of course, the actual numbers will be different, since the 50 to 60 million abortions happened over 4 decades, rather than simply taking a snapshot percentage.)
So, What is the Real Number?
The numbers we have explored have only been the surgical abortions as reported, but the true number of abortions will be much greater.
Consider the pill developed in the 1960’s. At this point, some of the readers may be thinking that the pill is a contraceptive since that was how it was introduced. The pill is nothing more than another chemical abortifacient as its effect is to make the womb hostile to the implantation of the zygote. The zygote is formed immediately at the point of conception when the egg and the sperm become one. At that point, we believe that God has provided this infant with its soul, and it is a child—perhaps nowhere near capable of supporting its own life, but it has a soul and is the union of egg and sperm. Because the pill makes the womb inhospitable to the child, this smallest of all stages of human development is simply flushed from the body as so much debris.
Just to play with some very conservative numbers, let us consider that at any one time, perhaps 20% of all childbearing-aged women are on the pill. If we consider that during the 2000 census, there were 61 million women between the ages of 15 and 44, with 20% of these representing 12 million women, we can extrapolate some large numbers rather easily.
If only 10% of these women had sex during one week of one cycle of any year which resulted in a child being prevented from implantation, that is an additional 1.2 million abortions multiplied by the 50 or so years of the pill’s use, and this then becomes an additional uncounted 60 or so million children who have been destroyed.
Now, add to this number the children killed by RU 486, TEVA, Plan ‘B’ and related abortifacients and the expected number becomes H-U-G-E!
We Are Not the Only Ones
Furthermore, we are not the only “enlightened” nation on the face of the Earth which destroys its young with alacrity. If we take our number of somewhere between 60 and 150+ million killed and add to that the numbers from France, the UK, Spain, and, and, and . . . we arrive at a number which would shortly exceed a billion souls lost.
The Judicial System Fails Us, Yet Again.
Consider a female who has been impacted by this parasitic mass of cells (what the pro-death committee would have us believe) for 10 weeks and is scheduled for a dismemberment of the cells, planning to vacuum the debris around 2:30 P.M. and then go for drinks with friends at 5:30 P.M. The facility is approximately 15 miles from her home, and her appointment is scheduled to do the paperwork at 2:00 PM., followed by the procedure at 2:30 and then drinks. She leaves her home at noon and stops at a fast food joint for a bite of lunch before having the baby ripped from HIS home. As she leaves the parking lot, her car is T-boned by a person on their way back to work. She goes to the hospital where the child spontaneously aborts due to the damage sustained in the accident. She has rid herself of the parasitic mass, while the driver who hit them is potentially subject to a motor vehicle homicide charge, even though the woman was a few minutes away from a dismemberment of the child.
Really? In contrast to such ridiculous decisions from the judicial system, the Catholic Church has remained constant in proclaiming the truth and cutting through legal sophistry:
Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law:
You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish.
God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes. (CCC 2271)
The Church calls on civil society and its legislation to protect the inalienable right to life of every innocent person:
The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and the political authority. These human rights depend neither on single individuals nor on parents; nor do they represent a concession made by society and the state; they belong to human nature and are inherent in the person by virtue of the creative act from which the person took his origin. Among such fundamental rights one should mention in this regard every human being’s right to life and physical integrity from the moment of conception until death. (CCC 2273)
Former president Ronald Reagan once observed that in his experience, those people who were most likely in favor of abortion had already been born.
Another president, Bill Clinton, promised as President that he would make abortions “safe, legal and rare” consider how much worse off we would be if abortions ever became commonplace. Perhaps it would be better to listen to the truth, not man’s faulty logic.