January 17, 2013
40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
By Mike McManus
Last week’s TIME cover story headlined: “40 Years Ago, Abortion
Rights Activists Won an Epic Victory with Roe v. Wade. They’ve
Been Losing Ever Since.”
Most stories about the 40th anniversary on Tuesday report that
53.8 million babies were killed in their womb. That far
understates the actual number. By 1988, there had been 22
million abortions. Had those babies been born, they would be
24-39 years old today. About 5.2 million would have married and
had 10.8 million babies. Another 2 million babies would have
been born out of wedlock.
So there really is a total of 66.7 million “invisible infants,”
according to a website, InvistibleInfants.org, created by Marco
Ciavolino, a computer consultant. This is a stupendous number –
about equal to the 2011 population of New York, Los Angeles and
134 of America’s largest cities – or the population of IL, IN,
OH, MI, WI, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE plus ND and SD.
Experts estimate that there are two drug-induced abortions for
every surgery, the “morning after pill.” So the actual number of
abortions is far worse.
The 76 million Baby Boomers only had 49 million children. No
wonder they have trouble selling their houses and downsizing! If
those couples had the usual 2.1 children each, they would have
had 80 million children. There would be no housing slump.
Abortion has thus caused a huge hole in the economy. We have
Had the invisible infants been born, and earned average wages,
the economy would have $5.8 Trillion more income, about 41% of
America’s Gross National Product. They would have paid $1.5
Trillion in taxes. Federal and state budget deficits would
Abortion is why America has not bounced back from this last
The good news, however, is that in the last few years, states
have passed more than 90 laws that are reducing the number of
Georgia became the seventh state to enact a “fetal pain” law
that will reduce by six weeks the time a woman can get an
abortion. It is based on the controversial scientific evidence
that a baby in the womb can feel pain by the 20th week of
gestation, four months before its birth. Nebraska was the first
to pass a fetal pain bill in 2010, which was quickly followed by
ID, IN, KS, OK, AL, OH and GA.
About 10 states have passed laws to limit public funding of
Planned Parenthood, which performed 334,000 abortions in a
recent year. For example, Texas trimmed $16 million from
America’s largest abortion provider and New Jersey cut $7.5
million. Among others doing so are FL, IN, KS, NH, NC, TN and
WI. However, courts have blocked these actions.
By contrast, courts are upholding pro-life laws involving
ultrasound, which allows a pregnant woman to see her baby in her
womb. “We had a tremendous victory in the Fifth Federal Circuit
Court of Appeals,” said Charmaine Yoest, President of Americans
United for Life. “It not only upheld sonograms, but called them
the `gold standard of informed consent.’”
Georgia was the tenth state to pass an ultrasound bill in 2007.
However, abortionists in that state are not required to offer
all women that opportunity to see the baby, and the number of
abortions actually grew from 31,000 in 2007 to 35,600 in 2010.
By contrast, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana and
Mississippi all require abortionists to offer the opportunity to
view the ultrasound. Result: their abortions are dropping.
Florida’s fell from 103,000 in 2000 to 94,400, and they dropped
by a tenth in KS, AL and by a quarter in MS.
In fact, five states have only one abortion clinic in the entire
state: AR, MS, ND, SD and WY.
Another restriction passed by 34 states is that parents be
notified that their minor child is getting an abortion. More
restrictive states require the consent of parents.
The result? Teen abortions fell by nearly 50% since 1990, from
364,000 to 196,000. Why? Teenagers don’t want their parents to
know they are sexually active. That prospect is so devastating
that fewer teens are sexually active or more are practicing
birth control, which is remarkable given the increased
promiscuity of the culture.
That leaves me with a question. Given the horror of killing
one’s baby, why are there 1,140,000 abortions? Why aren’t more
women chaste – or at least practicing birth control?
Abortion is not just another “choice.” Doug Bandow calls it a
“flight from responsibility” from the earlier choice to have
sex, or without protection.
Abortion is the leading way to avoid taking responsibility for
the life created.
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