In what can
only be described as tragic, the United States likely experienced its 47
millionth legal abortion at some point in 2005, more than three decades
after the Supreme Court issued its infamous 1973 Roe. v. Wade decision
legalizing the killing of the unborn.
is based on data since 1973 gathered by the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute
and on estimates by the National Right to Life Committee. In the first full
year of abortion legalization nationwide (1974), Guttmacher counted 898,600
abortions. That number reached a peak of 1,608,600 in 1990, before falling
to 1,293,000 in 2002.
Since 1975, the
United States has witnessed more than 1 million abortions each year. Unless
the nation's laws are changed, the number of abortions post-Roe will pass 50
million in 2008.
an unspeakable tragedy," Randall K. O'Bannon, director of education and
research at National Right to Life, told Baptist Press. "That [47 million]
is higher than the population of many countries. – BP / Nashville, Tenn