Since abortion was legalized throughout America in Roe v. Wade, over 54 million babies have been aborted. Fifty-four million. This automatically sounds like a huge number – nearly too large for us to comprehend. How can we picture 54 million? But in order to be passionately motivated to stop this genocide, we need to picture it. We must try.
Fifty-four million = 9 times the number of Jews killed by Hitler in World War II. Nine times the number of the Jewish Holocaust!
Fifty-four million = 58.6 percent of Generation Y and 71 percent of the Baby Boomer Generation. It is also 12 million more than the entire population of Generation X. Abortion has truly created a “lost generation.”
Let’s go with this estimate that the average American buys 4.9 pairs of shoes every year. Fifty-four million people who will never buy these shoes equals 264,600,000 pairs of shoes in one year that will never be bought or worn.
The earth is 24,901.55 miles in circumference. Equating each baby aborted to one mile, 54 million abortions is equal to nearly 2,169 times around the earth. Interestingly, if you could walk the whole way (and if you didn’t stop to sleep), the average person (at two miles an hour) could walk around the world in 519 days. Two thousand one hundred and sixty-nine times around the earth would then take 1,125,711 days to walk, which is equal to 3,084 years of walking for all the babies who have died.
In 2010, individuals ages 15-19 spent 12 minutes each weekend reading for fun and roughly 2 hours each weekend using a computer for leisure. (The babies who died would have reached this age, eventually.) That means roughly 10.5 hours of fun reading each year, for each person. And it equals 104 hours each year for computer time. That equals 6,183,000,000 (yes, billion) missing hours of fun each year.
To be extremely modest (specifically if you’re talking about me as a child), let’s say the average American child owns 10 stuffed animals. Fifty-four million babies dead means that 540 million stuffed animals were never loved, patted, hugged, and soiled by a small child.
Of course, 54 million missing babies also equals 108 million missing baby hands to play “Patty Cake” with and 540 million missing toes to play “This Little Piggy” with.
If each of the aborted children were to complete 12 school grades each, that’s 648,000,000 years of school that will never be completed.
Assuming that the people I know are typical, let’s say each parent would have taken his or her child to the park to play 46 times in one year. That’s 2,484,000,000 play dates missed in one year alone.
The Movement for a Better America has posted a flyer demonstrating that back in 2007, when 48 million abortions had taken place, this number was equal to the population of the 60 largest cities in the U.S. (Think Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, Miami, and many more.) Since then, 7 million more babies have been killed – that’s the 2010 population of Los Angeles almost twice over. If the economic loss created by this many missing people interests you, listen to Dennis Howard explain.
In the end, this video is right: “We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life – the unborn – without diminishing the value of all human life.” Watch it in full below, and be motivated to stand up and speak out for the equal right to life for all human beings today.