Last year, I did a little math on abortion rates. People were interested in this, so I thought I'd do it again.
Abortion was legalized in the United States in 1973. The population that year was 211,357,000 source: US Census Bureau). Currently, the US population is 317,405,228 (source: US Population Clock). So in the past 41 years, the population has gone up by 106,048,228 people. During the same period of time, 57,043,095 children were aborted (source: US Abortion Counter).
The numbers haven't changed much from last year. It's still a 35-65 split, with 34.97% of children aborted, and 65.02% of children born.
Margins of Error:
1. I do not know if the abortion counter includes ectopic pregnancies, which make up 2% of all pregnancies. Rape/incest has made up 690 of 71,000 abortions this year, or 0.97%. So let's say there's a 3% margin of error, as those abortions most likely would have been performed, regardless of the legal status of abortion.
2. The increase in US population since 1973 is 106,048,228. This is not the number of live births in the country, since it includes immigrants who became US citizens in the past 41 years. The Census Bureau is saying we have over 40 million immigrants currently, and I've heard an estimate of 47 million deaths since 1973. So unless someone knows where we can get statistics of the number of immigrants and the number of deaths since 1973, that'll give us an additional 3% margin of error. I'm told many immigrants are not registered, so...um...that'll be a hard margin of error to reduce.