40 Years After Roe Vs. Wade, 28% Of Pregnancies End In Abortion


Today is the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court making abortion a “right,” and since that day there have been some 55 million abortions in America.

The United States marks 40 years of legalized abortion in all fifty states at any time for any reason throughout pregnancy on January 22nd, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. Since that time, there have been approximately 55,772,015 abortions that have destroyed the lives of unborn children.

An estimate published by the National Right to Life Committee this time in 2011 indicated there have been an estimated 54,559,615 abortions since the Supreme Court handed down its 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision allowing virtually unlimited abortions.

In the document, “Abortion Statistics: United States Data and Trends,” NRLC education director Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon estimates that there have been 54,559,615 abortions since 1973 based on data from both the Centers for Disease Control and the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, a former Planned Parenthood research arm. Guttmacher receives numbers directly from abortion centers themselves and is the prime source for more current figures because the Centers for Disease Control has never tabulated accurate numbers of abortions. The CDC relies on figures from state health departments, some of which rely on voluntary reporting — and it hasn’t had data from some states such as California and New Hampshire for more than a decade. …

The number means there are more than 3,300 abortions daily and 137 abortions per hour every hour in the United States. Translated another way, an abortion is done about every 30 seconds in the United States.

The analysis also found that the best estimate for the current number of annual abortions in the United States — involving both the surgical abortion procedure as well as the dangerous abortion drug RU 486 — is 1.2 million.

“To put this in perspective, consider the fact that the US had approximately 142,394,000 births for the first 39 years of Roe,” writes Ed Morrissey. “Assuming for the moment that 2012 added as many births as 2011, the number rises to 146.348 million. That means that abortions accounted for 28% of all known pregnancy outcomes in the US during this 40-year period. We literally threw away more than a quarter of human beings waiting to be born since Roe.”

That’s horrifying for anyone who believes that an unborn child in the womb is a person with an identifiable genetic identity. Which, of course, is scientific fact.

What may be the worst part of the abortion debate is how economic concerns seems to have trumped questions of ethics and morality. We don’t talk about whether or not it’s right to end the life of a child in the womb any more. We talk about the cost to society of allowing that child to live.

That’s dangerous territory, especially as we see government taking over more and more of health care. If we begin to let economic considerations trump the sanctity of human life than we are not safe whether we are at the very beginnings of our lives, the very end of our lives or just grievously ill some time in between those two points.

If we can abort an unborn child because that child might represent too much cost to the parents, or society, then why can’t we euthanize cancer patients or the elderly who might suck up too many health care resources? Is that a society we want to live in? One in which your life may be ended if you cost society too much?

We’d be one step away from executing the homeless and the mentally ill, too. That may sound absurd, but it’s the path we’ve put ourselves on.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Snarkie

    How many kids have you adopted Port?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Well, zero, not that it matters though there are circumstances in our life where we may be considering doing just that in the future.

      Not that my personal life is any of your business.

      But what’s your point? Better that we kill these kids? That’s not very convincing.

    • willieB

      How many kids have you created, wet brain?

      • Guest

        Smallwillie isn’t one to talk. Even if he could get a female to see him naked, the profuse laughter at the sight of his micro-dick prevents fatherhood.

        • willieB

          Your obsession with my dick is duly noted. Now, open wide and say AHHH.

        • Hal513

          The type of woman you attract, and are most comfortable with is quite unique. But, you are what you are.

      • The revealer

        Just one. You.

  • SigFan

    Of all the ills that we are suffering in this country this one is the worst. We have become a culture of death for convenience. For those of us that believe in God and His judgement we are condemning ourselves as a nation. We want to think of ourselves as sophisticated and enlightened, but we are no better than barbarians when we allow this to continue.

    • Neiman

      This is our national obscenity, to date over 55 million helpless, innocent children murdered. How can God not judge the whole earth for this mass slaughter?

      • The revealer

        Well sir, God will not judge the whole earth for this slaughter, simply because the whole earth did not participate.
        Simple concept, no?

        • $8194357

          Twisted concept, huh..
          The earth and all who have dwelled upon it are under
          judgement for original sin already apoligist lemming.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    We have a president that advocates late term abortion and wants to force Catholic organizations to pay for these abortions via Obamacare. You cannot get more morally bankrupt than that.

    • 11B40


      Actually, our President doesn’t mind a little infanticide either, if the opportunity presents itself.

      • The revealer

        Actually, our previous presidents even if they did mind a little infanticide, they did nothing to stop it when the opportunity presented it self.

    • The revealer

      When we had a president who did not advocate late term abortions, we still had late term abortions done daily in the USA.
      You cannot get more morally bankrupt than that.
      Your point is?

  • $8194357

    A poulation replaced by illegal imigrants..

    • The revealer

      Would it make a difference if the immigrants were legal?

      • $8194357

        55 million dead American babies is 55 million dead babies, huh..
        Legal immigrants would follow the laws and be productive citizens, huh.
        Illegal citizens don’t pay as much tax and draw more ‘benifits’ from the state
        so yes it would make a difference. Illegal immigrants give the anti American destroy from within agenda twice the destruction bang for the buck..

        • The revealer

          Illegal immigrants not paying taxes is the fault of their US employers.
          Americans are responsible for them not paying taxes and drawing more benefits from the state.

          • Marc

            Illegal immigrants is the fault of the federal government not enforcing the law and leaving the border wide open.

          • awfulorv

            And the Liberals heart ache for their brothers down south, whose country, they suppose, was taken from them by force, or purchased for a pittance, by their forefathers. Also involved, it seems, is their, apparent, hatred of the notion that an American shall have work to provide for his family, and enjoy a measure of comfort in life, while another person, unlucky enough to have been born in a corrupt, violent, hovel, next door, and are, seemingly, content with the situation, goes without.

          • $8194357

            Seems to me they made a personal choice themselves to break the law and come here, but of course it is “all” on the evil capitalists shoulders from your twisted leftist viewpoint, huh.
            Illegals good…
            Americans evil…
            Same ole crap no mater what the group or cause..
            Leftist ideologs amaze me with their hatred of all things
            American and creating victim classes to critisize her…

  • matthew_bosch

    Still do not understand what part of abortion is “progressive,” when progressive is used as an adjective? Are we not wealthy enough? Are we not civilized enough to embrace all forms of life at any stage in its development?

    • slackwarerobert

      Don’t the abortions progress to get more gruesome and sickening as time goes on?

    • $8194357

      Every communist country who pushed easy abortion as part of its doctrine later went to abolish it as they couldn’t keep enough “comrade workers” in the system to feed the elitist tyranist machine…Do the research and see for your self.
      China being the exception but now only aborting females..

  • Neiman

    How could the Germans be so cold blooded to murder 6 million people? Did they just become animals? It seems we should ask ourselves how we could degenerate as to slaughter over 55 million human beings? How could we judge them and we murder in the tens of millions?

    • slackwarerobert

      They finally wrote a book on it. How do you kill 6 million people, You LIE! Well that and take away theiri guns. How many people with guns did they kill? 500K maybe. So 12 times more likely you die when you give up your gun. Unless you count russia, and cambodia, korea, vietnam millions, then it goes up to hundreds if not thousands more likely. I can judge because I do not murder. But how do you stop them? I have given up getting answers, so am now trying to figure out how the founders did it. Running into the same problem, what do you do with the declaration of independence after you sign it? How can you have a doctorate in american history and not know the answer to that simple question?

      • Neiman

        I do not wish to be rude, but these appear to be the nonsensical ravings of a lunatic mind or someone that cannot write a clear sentence or paragraph. I have absolutely no idea of what point you are making.

  • MG

    In The Forum, Bovard’s comments about aborting her fifth child due to her husband’s college debt in 1974 were made from her winter home in Arizona. Ironic. And she spent the rest of her career justifying her decision by promoting the same choice to other women. Tragic. I am certain that Obama agrees with his 17 year old mother’s decision to give birth. Steve Jobs did. We cannot envision who that person will become. Maybe a tech billionaire. Maybe the president. Maybe a criminal. Maybe a tax payer supporting Social Security and Medicare.

  • Davo

    Thanks to birth control, condoms and oral sex, over 99.8% of sexual encounters end with no unborn children even getting conceived. We need to get this country back on the right track. Women have an obligation to become pregnant and give birth to these unborn children, and over the last 50 years, they have failed.

    • Hal513

      You forgot your favorite, you taking it in the arse.

      • Tim

        It looks like “guest” doesn’t even have the balls to even stick to his “guest” screen name. What a weak nothing you are, Ms. guest.

      • slackwarerobert

        And the legitimate rapes. You can’t count those because they don’t result in pregnancy. I think closing the borders, and cutting off the welfare checks would do more to stop pregnancy than anything else. obama is a dead beat dad, deal with it.

    • $8194357

      Thats called ‘fornication” in the Bible and
      “polymorphous perversity”
      by you secular leftists…

  • HideFromObama

    Killing another person in most regards warrants a prison sentence-sometimes a death sentence. Yet we can continue to kill unborn babies for “convenience?” We are truly immature and lost when we aren’t willing to protect our unborn children above ourselves.

    • davo

      Are you having sex with a fertile person of the opposite gender right now?

      If no, you are preventing unborn babies from being born, and are “truly immature and lost” and “aren’t willing to protect our unborn children above ourselves.”

      How selfish!

  • Guest

    “…then why can’t we euthanize cancer patients or the elderly who might suck up too many health care resources?”

    I refer you to the Independent Patient Advisory Board (IPAB) provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

    • slackwarerobert

      The board is already doing that. Don’t you pay attention to the news. So far I can only find cancer patients with insurance being denied treatment, and the doctor ordered to not treat them so they die Maybe only criminals and deadbeats get treated. That is why I have to commit crimes constantly, so I have the safety of the courts as a last resort, innocent people can be killed the SCOTUS says, but criminals are protected from cruel and unusual punishment. Show me how this changes with innocent babies?

  • Davo

    Suppose John and Jane Doe get married, and they decide they want to have 3 children. On their wedding night, Jane Doe gets pregnant. When she discovers it, she realizes that her pregnancy is going to conflict with her once-in-a-lifetime, all-expenses-paid 6-week stay in Aruba with her husband.

    So, as to not conflict with her vacation, she has an abortion.

    Over the next decade, her husband impregnates her 3 more times, and Jane gives birth to two sons and a daughter, and they raise their 3 children well–just as they had planned. (After their 3rd child is born, John Doe gets a vasectomy.)


    • chris

      I’m pretty much a social liberal, but I have a problem with people using abortion as a convenience tool. Would you also abandon your dog on the side of the road in order to not have to deal with him during your precious vacation? Life shouldn’t be seen as so disposable.

      • Davo

        I would not, as my dog would not want that done to him. Also, it would likely result in pain to my dog.

        Also, if you’re concerned about life being seen as disposable, you might want to take a look at slaughterhouses, fast food joints and factory farms, which dispose of exponentially more lives than Planned Parenthood has ever done.

    • camsaure


      • Davo

        Forgot to add this:


    • $8194357

      Suppose Davo just shut up?
      Better straw man argument by far…

    • Neiman

      They murdered an innocent human being. They are murderers,±they have devalued human life.

      • Davo

        What harm was done, and to whom was that harm done?

        • Neiman

          If you do not think a human being in the womb was harmed by shoving scissors into its brain and it being killed, you are beyond hope.

  • LibertyFargo

    This is the attitude that drives the so called “choice” movement:


    Trivializing life and, in fact, trivializing the whole issue. wow.