I have a Fox News feed on my Google homepage and this morning I noticed a headline entitled, Exploring Abortion Through 3 Women’s Right to Choose . I have a strong opinion on this subject and wondered what on earth they were going to say… in a nutshell there is going to be a program on this Saturday evening Oct. 27 at 9pm (EST– that’s 8 CST) on the Fox News Channel that follows 3 different women who are contemplating an abortion. The article doesn’t say what their decisions are, rather, says to watch the show. Talk about a cliffhanger! We have basic cable television but I may have to find someone who gets Fox News on Saturday evening. Since Fox prides them self on being “fair and balanced” I’m hoping and praying that the message of the Gospel will somehow make it’s way into this program and that women who are watching who are pregnant and contemplating an abortion will be informed of alternatives that would allow their children the chance of life.
Here are a few statistics that never cease to blow my mind and break my heart…
Abortion in the United States – Statistics
There have been over 48 million abortions since 1973.
The annual number of abortions went from 744,600 in the first year of legalization, to a high of over 1.6 million in 1990. In 2003, there were 1,287,000.
There were over 3,500 abortions per day in 2003, 146 per hour, about one every 25 seconds.
For every 1,000 live births, there were 312 abortions in 2003.
There were more that 148,000 second and third trimester abortions in 2003.
In 2003, more children died from abortion than Americans died in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf Wars combined.
A 2004 survey of women seeking abortions indicated that only about 7% of women cited typical “hard cases” (rape, incest, or some health concern with either the baby or the mother) as the primary reason they were seeking abortion.
An April 2004 Zogby Poll found that 56% of respondents support legal abortion in only three or fewer circumstances: when the pregnancy results from rape or incest, or when it threatens the life of the mother.
At an average cost of $372, the abortion business is a $400 million a year industry.
Nearly half of all abortions are obtained by women who have already had at least one abortion.
I hope these stats (that are from the CDC and posted on the National Right to Life website) will tug at your heart like they have mine.
Just something to think about…