Some startling facts and unfortunate milestones since the Roe v Wade decision, according to the National Right to Life Commission:
- There have been over 50 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.
Pro-Life Legislation Under Way
The 112th Congress, newly sworn-in and changed hands from the Democrats to the Republicans have made a commitment to defending the rights of the unborn. They have already been hard and work and some key legislation is underway right now:
- No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3), which would make those policies part of permanent federal law rather than requiring them to be inserted into funding legislation every year.
- The Protect Life Act (H.R. 358), which would apply long-standing federal policies on funding and conscience rights related to abortion to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
- Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 361), which would ban governmental discrimination against obstetrics/gynecology residency programs that do not provide abortion training and allow health care providers to sue a discriminating entity.
- Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (H.R. 6570), which would protect the rights of insurance issuers, providers and purchasers to negotiate a health plan under the new reform law that would exclude items that are against their moral and/or religious convictions, even in the face of the new federal "mandated benefits" provisions.