Saturday, January 26, 2013

Abortion Math

This week was the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark trial which legalized abortion in the United States of America. Since then, over 55 million abortions have been performed in our country.

Let me do the math here. The current US population is 315,220,547 (source: US Population Clock), while it was 211,357,000 in 1973 (source: US Census Bureau).  This means about 103,863,547 children were born since abortion was legalized.  In the same period of time, 55,854,140 children were not (source: US Abortion Counter).

As you might have noticed, the number of aborted children in the past forty years is over half the number of non-aborted children.  Percentage wise, it's a 65-35 split.  65% of the children were born, while 35% of them were aborted.  I should consider myself fortunate for being born during this time period; my odds of being carried to term were a little less than two thirds.

11 comments:

Emily said...

There are a few things throwing off your rant here.

1. Approximately 3.3 percent of abortions were given due to a risk toward the fetal health, meaning there is a significant chance that 1,843,187 of those fetuses would likely not have come to term or survived.

2. An additional 2.8 percent of abortions were performed because of risks to the maternal health, meaning either 1,563,916 of those babies, their mothers, or both would have died

3. Many women are pressured or forced into getting an abortion by their partner or parents. As many as 14.1 percent of abortions occur because a woman's partner does not want the pregnancy and 12.2 percent of abortions occur because parents or others in woman's life object to the pregnancy.

So now were up to about 32 percent of abortions that have nothing to do with a woman's rights or choices and were likely to happen before Roe vs. Wade was passed.

4. Women often get multiple abortions due to their living situation or their inability to get more effective birth control products, which increases the statistics. So your tag line at the end about you being fortunate for being carried to term is completely out of line and frankly somewhat offensive to your mother.

Anonymous said...

I remember learning about roe v. Wade in 7th grade government lol

Miriam said...

To me, abortions are only acceptable if the mother will die from giving birth or if she was raped. Otherwise, it's just murder. Knowing that a lot of people are fine with abortions for flippant reasons makes me feel sick.
My sister's youngest son was born at 28 weeks, and he was only 3 pounds. He's just over a year old now, and he's a perfectly healthy little guy with the cutest smile you've ever seen.

"Inability to get more effective birth control" doesn't justify killing an innocent baby. If you can't take care of or don't want the baby, either don't mess around or give it up for adoption.

Anonymous said...

I can't really take the Catholic rhetoric about abortion seriously considering their stance on medical malpractice.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/23/catholic-hospital-argues-_n_2534383.html

Anonymous said...

eAlthough this link doesn't pertain to abortion, it's interesting how this religious based hospital organization defines what is, and isn't, a human life.

Money is mightier than God.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/25/catholic-hospital-legal-argument-fetus-not-legally-person-under-state-law/

Anonymous said...

It's probally mostly according to the parent's moral and religious points of view if they want abortion or not.
-A

Anonymous said...

Of course, there is also the thought that some women who had an abortion went on to have future children that may not have existed if the original abortion had not taken place. For example, a teenager becomes pregnant and chooses to keep the child which, due to the significant impact adolescent child-bearing can have on finishing schooling and earning potential, leads her to avoid future pregnancies; or, the same teenager becomes pregnant and has an abortion leaving her with a greater ability to complete schooling, reach financial milestones, and pursue children when she is financially and emotionally stable. I am personally supportive of easily accessed birth control, extensive education on fertility and birth control options, and having abortion be available as safe, legal, and rare; preferably to be pursued in emergency situations. However, I find the argument about "missing children" due to abortion to be such an obvious logical fallacy that it makes the entire pro-life argument look weak.

Sparksbet said...

To Emily:
1.) Having an abortion because of a risk to fetal health is idiotic. There are thousands of stories of women who carried babies who were "likely not to come to term or survive" who ended up surviving well past birth. Sometimes doctors are wrong.
2.) Alright, I can kind of understand the risk to maternal health. Carrying on...
3.) How on earth can you say that 26.3 percent of abortions occuring because someone else in a woman's life objects to the pregnancy and/or pressures into having an abortion has nothing to do with a woman's rights or choices?! Heck, that has MORE to do with a woman's rights and choices than an abortion that a woman herself wants! Furthermore, before Roe vs. Wade it would've no doubt been at least somewhat harder for these women to get an abortion, thus making the pressure to get one somewhat less.
4.) Sweetie, you're not his mother. Don't say that something's offensive to her when you have no idea what goes on inside her head. More than a third of conceived infants in the time since Roe vs. Wade have been aborted. I think he was saying that he was fortunate to have been conceived by someone who was willing to carry him to term, not that he was lucky his mom didn't decide to abort him.

Katie said...

At one point (I'm not sure if this is still his plan), Michael was in the process of becoming a Catholic priest. He's obviously going to have views that are similar to those of the Catholic church. Abortion, in the eyes of the Catholic church and many practicing Catholics, is murder and, with maybe with the exception of risks to maternal health, justifying women's decisions to get abortions by pointing to a lack of access to birth control isn't going to sway a staunch Catholic's beliefs.

This may be the wrong way to approach the topic, but I feel like it's a tad bit ridiculous to have this argument over his blog post. It's HIS blog and he has a right to voice his opinion. I think terming his opinions as a "rant" and labeling it as "offensive to his mother" is a bit extreme. Michael presented barely a few paragraphs on this topic--I'd hardly term it a rant...

Anonymous said...

Abortion is Wrong.. babies r gifts from god given to parents.theres no excuse for aborting babies..

Anonymous said...

Idc im against abortion...