Human Rights

Consequences of Roe v. Wade: Over 58 million babies lost to abortion

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When abortion advocates celebrate the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton on January 22, we’ll hear them talk about all the supposed benefits it brings women to make the “choice” of abortion. What they won’t talk about is the consequences of lives lost, of the now estimated over 58 million babies lost.

These are children who will never get to be born, who will never be able to live or love or laugh. They were instead lost to any number of gruesome methods of death from abortion. Some even may have been able to feel pain, since the companion case of Doe v. Bolton made abortion available on demand for all 9 months, and science shows that pain may be felt as early as 5.5 weeks, but definitively by 20.


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It’s not just these more than 58 million children who have been affected. Nobody else will have the joy of knowing these children — not their parents, siblings, or future spouse or the children they could have had. The abortion movement likes women to “shout your abortion,” but they ignore those who come forward to share how their abortion has hurt them. Abortion can hurt women emotionally and physically. It can hurt men, too, who regret lost fatherhood.

In 2016, on the 43rd anniversary of Roe, National Right to Life analyzed that there were 58,586,256 abortions since the decisions, using data from 1973 to 2011 and projections from 2011 to 2015. The NRLC projections account for a little over a million a year. The Guttmacher Institute has similar figures of 957,000 abortions in 2013 and 926,000 abortions in 2014. That means there have now been well over 58 million abortions in the United States, and likely over 59 million by now.

As Live Action News has reported, abortion numbers have been on the decline, now reaching the lowest point since 1975. The Guttmacher Institute figures account for this decline, but do not offer explanations as to why they declined. The abortion movement would credit contraception (much of it abortifacient) rather than the effective pro-life laws they love to discredit.

While a declining abortion rate is cause for celebration, the United States still has much work to do, especially with pro-lifers in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and the White House. This could not only result in pro-life legislation getting passed — including the defunding of Planned Parenthood, like President Trump has promised — but also the chipping away or banishment of Roe and Doe with the appointment of constitutional Supreme Court justices.

Presently, the United States is one of only four nations where abortion is allowed throughout all nine months of pregnancy, up until the moment of birth.

We owe it to those more than 58 million babies and counting, as well as their families, to ensure there are as few future Roe v. Wade anniversaries as possible.

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