Update: A new Gallup poll just released has revealed that 54 percent of Americans want all or most abortions illegal. This statistic further corroborates the fact that the country is souring on Big Abortion.
In 1880, 50,189,209 people lived in the United States, according to the US Census Bureau. In a somber comparison, it turns out that is about the same number of individuals that has now been lost to abortion.
Columnist Terrence Jeffrey provided the research over at CNS News.
The Guttmacher Institute has estimated the number of abortions in the United States in each year from 1973 through 2011. They add up to 51,376,750—or 1,187,541 more than the entire population of the nation as of 1880. In each of the last 36 straight years for which Guttmacher has published an estimate of the number of abortions, the number has exceeded 1 million.
Imagine that. That means no census workers needed, no population, no one. An entire generation – evaporated.
As Jeffrey points out in the article, still living in 1880 were American icons such as Mark Twain, Thomas Edison and Booker T. Washington. It kind of makes you wonder, how many more inventors, writers and talented trailblazers have we lost to abortion?
If there is any good news, it’s that fewer abortions are occurring each year. In fact, in 2014, they declined to an historic low. The country as a whole, is also becoming more pro-life. A Gallup poll from 2013 revealed that a sound majority of Americans want all or most abortions illegal. The advances in technology, such as incredible ultrasound imaging that allows mothers to see their unborn children in the womb, is a major factor in the debate. The recently exposed horrors of the late-term abortion industry have also left people sick to their stomachs. The atrocities of Kermit Gosnell will be hard to shake from Americans' minds.
We can’t bring back those unborn babies who have already been massacred since the 1973 Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, but the number of changed hearts and declining rates prove that we can start turning those numbers around. All we can do is try and save those future generations.