Abortion in Context

Between 1970 and 2016, the annual average number of induced abortions in the US was 987,385. That’s close to 1,000,000 babies aborted each year for 47 years (46,407,115 to be exact). And that’s only the ones reported across the 48 states that provide that data to the CDC. So it’s probably safe to say that on average >1,000,000 babies have been aborted per year in the US alone since 1970. (BTW – The Guttmacher Institute’s numbers trend higher.)

In 2017 alone…leading causes of death for comparison’s sake…

  • Induced abortions: 862,320 (Guttmacher)
  • Heart disease: 647,457 (CDC)
  • Cancer: 599,108 (CDC)
  • Influenza (winter of 2017-2018): 61,000 (CDC)
  • Auto accident: 40,100 (NSC)
  • Gunshot (incl. accidental, suicide and murder):  39,773 (Pew)

And to put it in perspective:

  • Total of all Known Genocides between 146 BC to present: (see List of Genocides)
    • Low Estimate: 35,306,940
    • High Estimate: 60,772,249 
  • All US HIV deaths between 1981 to 2018: 700,000 (HHS)
  • 2020 Covid-19 (thru October 1, 2020): 207,000 

The leading factors in abortion are economic or societal. So abortion is a symptom of a larger set of issues that involve the lack of support for women facing this choice in both the home or family unit and within their community and for this reason I do not believe abortion should be illegal, but I do think it should be rare and that there should be clear options available to women who are considering abortion.

So this is why I am on the advisory board for The Open Door Pregnancy Center in Toms River, NJ. I support a faith-based approach to providing support to poor and single mothers and families facing a “crisis” pregnancy. Not that I think we can eliminate abortion, but because there are some people out there who are on the edge of decision. They want to keep the baby but they don’t know how they could possibly manage it. The Open Door offers them hope and support.

For those who have made up their minds that they cannot bear the thought of having a baby, whatever the reason, I pray for God’s mercy and grace on them since they will either consciously or unconsciously live with that decision for the rest of their lives.

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world-system.  – James 1:27

Note: In the Greek, “fatherless and widow” are euphemisms for those without any care structure around them and can apply specifically to an orphan or widow, or communally to a community or segment of society.

P.S. – Why is everybody so gung ho about Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Because she advocated partial birth abortion, i.e. abortion of viable babies. (God forgive us!)

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