I just read something from LiveActionNews and had to share it. Heidi Miller shares a sobering post reflecting on the real impact of abortion as calculated by a World Clock that counts deaths by cause here.
At the time of writing this, the estimated number of deaths in the world to date for 2012 was 8,898,646. The total number of abortions (not included in the previous number) was 6,298.662. Add these two numbers together for a total of 15,197,308. This means that abortion accounts for approximately 41% of deaths worldwide according to the statistics used by World Clock.
I suspect that there are 2 reasons that many Christians do not take a stand on abortion (aside from wanting to avoid anything so polarizing, which I acknowledge is pretty tempting). I speak from my own experience here, as several years ago I was certainly of the mind that abortion was not worth fighting over because (A) “it’s not that common”, and (B) it doesn’t really impact my life (really? Miss “child of adoption”, you don’t think your single teenage birthmom wrestled with the option of a legal abortion in 1982?).
Well, we’ve established that abortion is quite common.
- over 50 million since 1973 = common (that’s over 1 million per year, most years since 1973).
- More numbers that will surprise you (from the PPFA 2009-2010 annual report):
- Planned Parenthood did 329,445 abortions in 2010
- Planned Parenthood provided prenatal care to only 31,098 women
- Planned Parenthood referred only 841 women to adoption agencies
And regarding the idea that abortion doesn’t touch our lives, the Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that 18% of all abortions are performed on women who identify themselves as “Born-again/Evangelical.”
Women we know and love and sit with in church are suffering from the pain of abortion, and many are suffering in silence because they believe the lie that they are the only Christians to have faced a difficult decision and not known where to find alternatives to abortion.
Not to mention our culture! Have you heard about this???? LifeSiteNews reports:
In the wake of a new study that indicates that unborn girls are being targeted for abortion by certain immigrant groups in Canada, evidence has surfaced that sex selective in vitro fertilization (IVF) is being regularly advertised in Canadian news papers.
Be sure to read the full story – it goes on: “Sex selection … puts feminists in the odd position of defending the right of women to decide against female babies on the basis that females aren’t as valuable or desirable as males….How much more discriminatory can you get than advocating the inherent value of one sex over the other?”
Up next: What are we going to DO about it???