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A Quiet Existence

1 Every 5 Hours: NYC Late-Term Abortion Capital

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In New York City, where the Statue of Liberty stands, 1,752 unborn children -- at least 21 weeks of age and still in their mother's wombs -- were killed in 2013.

That means, on average, someone in New York City killed one of these unborn children every five hours.

Legal abortionists were the perpetrators. Elected officials, Supreme Court justices and elites who condone and rationalize such killings were the co-conspirators.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the number just before Thanksgiving.

New York City has become the nation's late-term abortion capital -- at least among those jurisdictions that actually report their abortions and do so by gestational age.

The entire states of New Jersey and Georgia each reported that 705 unborn children at least 21 weeks of age were aborted within their borders in 2013. They led all 39 states that reported their abortions by gestational age.

But their combined 21-weeks-and-later abortions (1,410) did not equal the 1,752 done in New York City alone.

This was despite the fact that both New Jersey (8,899,339) and Georgia (9,992,167), according to the Census Bureau, had larger populations in 2013 than New York City (8,405,837).

Every year, the CDC publishes its Abortion Surveillance report. It covers the abortions committed in the third year before its release, and, given how obsessed liberals in government are with tracking "health care," its "surveillance" is remarkably un-thorough.

Obamacare has made it mandatory for individual Americans to buy health insurance or face a federal penalty --what Chief Justice John Roberts calls a "tax." However, there is no federal mandate for abortionists to report the number of abortions they do or the age of the babies they abort.

Nor is there a federal mandate for the states to report the number of babies aborted within their borders or the age of the babies who are killed.

While the city of New York reported its abortions by gestational age in a manner the CDC deemed worthy of publication, the state of New York (the third most populous in the nation in 2013) provided less detailed information on its abortions.

"Each year, CDC requests abortion data from the central health agencies of 52 reporting areas (the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City)," explains the CDC. "The reporting areas provide this information voluntarily."

"In most states, collection of abortion data is facilitated by the legal requirement for hospitals, facilities, and physicians to report all abortions to a central health agency," says the CDC. "These central health agencies then voluntarily report the abortion data they have collected through their independent surveillance systems and provide only aggregate numbers to CDC."

"However," says the CDC, "because the collection and reporting of abortion data are not federally mandated, many reporting areas have developed their own data collection forms and therefore do not collect or provide all the information or level of detail included in this report."

California, the nation's most populous state, reported none of its abortions. Nor did Maryland, a residential center for Washington bureaucrats. Nor did New Hampshire, whose motto is "Live Free or Die."

Eight other states and the District of Columbia did not report their abortions by gestational age or did so in a manner the CDC said "did not meet reporting standards."

These included New York State (as opposed to New York City), Florida (the fourth most populous state in 2013), Illinois (the fifth most populous), Pennsylvania (the sixth most populous), Massachusetts, Connecticut, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

In 2013, according to the CDC, New York City reported a total of 69,804 abortions by gestational age. That equals about one abortion every seven and a half minutes.

Of these 69,804 New York City abortions, 2.5 percent (1,752) were of fetuses 21 weeks or older, 2.6 percent (1,821) were of fetuses 18 to 20 weeks of age, 2.1 percent (1,485) were of fetuses 16 to 17 weeks of age and 2.9 percent (2,034) were of fetuses 14 to 15 weeks of age.

In New York City in 2013, 7,092 abortions of unborn children 14 weeks old and older were committed.

If New York City abortionists worked on this 24 hours per day, seven days a week, one of them would have to abort a baby 14 weeks or older about every hour and 15 minutes.

In three reporting states, the percentage of all abortions that targeted babies 21 weeks or older was higher than the 2.5 percent in New York City. These included New Mexico (259 or 6.3 percent), New Jersey (705 or 3.3 percent) and Colorado (256 or 2.6 percent).

But none approached the 1,752 21-week-or-older unborn babies New York City killed in one year.

Every human being has God-given right to life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death. A truly just state would prohibit the deliberate taking of every unborn life.

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to sign the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit aborting unborn babies who are at least 20 weeks past conception.

This is a good start -- that will save thousands of innocent lives in Donald Trump's hometown alone.

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