On Monday, Live Action launched its latest campaign to educate Americans on abortion and end the horrific practice once and for all. The 2363 campaign aims to ensure that every child is protected from abortion.
Over the last four decades, abortion advocates have been heard arguing that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” In the last few years, however, this mantra has been tossed aside, revealing the truth — that the plan was never for abortion to be rare. The plan all along was for abortion to be both legal and profitable, and in order for abortion to be profitable, it cannot be rare. Every day in the United States, an average of 2,363 babies die by abortion.
Abortions prior to Roe v. Wade: Fabricated numbers and support
In order to convince Americans that legalizing abortion was necessary to protect women, those behind the push to do so lied about how many illegal abortions were occurring in the United States. As explained by former abortionist Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who helped lead the charge for abortion’s legalization, “Knowing that if a true poll were taken, we would be soundly defeated, we simply fabricated the results of fictional polls.” He continued, “We announced to the media that we had taken polls and that 60 percent of Americans were in favor of permissive abortion. This is the tactic of the self-fulfilling lie. Few people care to be in the minority. We aroused enough sympathy to see our program of permissive abortion by fabricating the number of illegal abortions done annually in the U.S. The actual figure was approaching 100,000, but the figure we gave to the media repeatedly was 1,000,000.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 1969, fewer than 25,000 legalized abortions took place in the United States, where abortion had been legalized in a few states. There are no official statistics on abortion prior to that year. By 1972, as more states legalized abortion, that number jumped to 586,760, more than 20 times the number of abortions just three years earlier. But after the Supreme Court legalized abortion across the country, that number skyrocketed.
In other words, legalizing abortion exponentially increased the number of abortions.
Abortions after Roe v. Wade
In 1973, the Supreme Court determined that women had the right to abort their preborn children as a matter of “privacy.” After that, states could only restrict abortion after the arbitrary age of “viability” (defined loosely as the ability to survive outside the womb), which was believed to be at about 24 weeks at the time. It was promised that abortion would be rare, but the number of legal abortions in the U.S. exploded in the next few years, and in 1980, 1.6 million preborn babies died by abortion. It remained this high for over a decade.
According to the latest data from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, in 2017, 862,320 abortions were carried out in the United States. This averages out to 2,363 preborn babies who are violently killed by suction, starvation, and dismemberment every single day, mostly for socioeconomic reasons — while the abortion industry makes a fortune from the suffering of women who have been told they aren’t rich enough, educated enough, or good enough to be mothers. According to Planned Parenthood, an abortion can cost up to $1,500, and the Guttmacher Institute says the average cost of an abortion prior to 20 weeks is $500. After 20 weeks, the average cost is $1,195. If every client was charged $500 for an abortion, the abortion industry would bring in more than $1.2 million for killing innocent human children every day in the United States. Per year, that’s more than $431 million. But we know that not every abortion costs just $500. Abortion is a lucrative business, and businesses seek to make a profit. If abortion were rare, this kind of profit would be impossible. Some abortionists admittedly make thousands of dollars per hour.
Why so many abortions?
Abortion advocates may argue that the reason there are 2,363 abortions every day in the United States is that women need those abortions. It’s one of the reasons behind the federal government’s efforts to block the Texas Heartbeat Act — the claim that women will suffer harm without abortion. Yet, in a survey of women who sought post-abortive counseling, 73% said they felt some level of pressure to have an abortion. Another study found that up to 64% of abortions are committed under coercion. This means that many women who undergo abortions likely are doing so not out of desire, but of fear and/or coercion.
In addition, even the deeply flawed, pro-abortion Turnaway Study found that one week after being denied an abortion, 65% of women wished they could have still had the abortion, but after the birth of their children, that number dropped to a mere 12%. After their child’s first birthday, it declined even further (7%), and after five years, only 4% still wished they could have had an abortion. These women were happy that abortion was not available to them once they were able to give birth, meet their children, and realize that their lives were not destroyed by choosing to give birth.
The intentional killing of a child before birth is not medically necessary, nor is it necessary for socioeconomic reasons. 2,363 babies are dying every day because women believe abortion is the best and easiest option, but the immediacy and fear in the choice of abortion often masks the consequences. Abortion directly causes the death of a real, existing human being, and puts that child’s mother at an increased risk of alcohol and drug use, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Arguably, women are worse off after abortion.
Rather than being pushed into abortions they don’t want, which may leave them emotionally traumatized, women should be informed of the resources available to them that will help them through their pregnancies and will aid them in their transition to parenting. No child has to die by abortion and no mother should be made to feel she has to choose her career, her education, her finances, or her health over her child’s life.
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