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Did you know that well over 33,000,000 babies have died in America since the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court ruling?
Myth #1: Legalizing abortion will save lives. The result of legalization was an increase in abortions, not a decrease in the fatalities of mothers.
Penicillin and sulfa drugs, discovered in the 1940ís, lowered maternal deaths from abortion, not legalization. In the United States, the greatest number of reported maternal deaths from abortion, 388, occurred in 1948. By 1966, before abortion was legalized in any state, the total number dropped to 120. In 1972, abortion was still illegal in 80% of the country, but reported maternal deaths decreased to 39. Clearly, the ability to control infection decreased maternal deaths (1).
(1) Randy Alcorn, Pro Life Answers to Pro Choice Arguments (Portland: Multnomah Press, 1992), pg.138.
Myth #2: Abortion needs to be legalized for cases of rape and incest. The fact is that around 1% of abortions are for rape and incest survivors. The vast majority is for convenience. Do 14,000 rape and incest survivors (not deaths) a year justify 1.3 million deaths a year?
On average, women give at least 3 reasons for choosing abortion: 3/4 say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or other responsibilities; about 2/3 say they cannot afford a child; and 1/2 say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner.
An estimated 43% of women will have at least 1 abortion by the time they are 45 years old.
About 14,000 women have abortions each year following rape or incest.
Myth #3: Sex Education will dramatically lower abortion rates. The fact is almost all women undergoing abortion are aware of, and the majority use, birth control.
58% of women having abortions in 1995 had used a contraceptive method during the month they became pregnant.
From 1973 through 1996, more than 34 million legal abortions occurred. - The Alan Guttmacher Institute.
As hard as it may be to believe, abortion is the number one cause of death in the United States. The following figures for causes of death were taken from Table 250A, "Deaths from 72 selected causes, 1993" published by the Division of Vital Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics.
The most life-threatening event one can experience today is being conceived.
The number of deaths for induced abortion are much higher than any other cause of death in America today. Trailing are (in order) Cardiovascular disease, Cancer (all types), Pulmonary disease (emphysema, etc.), Pneumonia, Infectious diseases (not AIDS), Diabetes, Accidents other than motor vehicle, AIDS, Motor vehicle accidents, Suicide, Homicide, Liver disease and Kidney.
Here are some comparisons to put these statistics in perspective:
About every two weeks (14.7 days) there are as many deaths due to induced abortions as there were in the entire Vietnam war (55,000).
If induced abortions were reduced by 50% the savings of lives would be greater than finding a cure for all cancer.
Over 25% of all pregnancies end through abortion.