42: Abortion Moves Past Epidemic to Catastrophic

Forty-two years…

15,340 days…

Every one of those days 3,751 children have been murdered. Every. Single. Day. 57,554,295 abortions have been performed in the United States since January 22, 1973.

A Huffington Post headline from 2013 read, “30,000 Yearly Gun Deaths is a Health Epidemic.” At 1.39 million per year, it’s safe to say abortion has surpassed epidemic and gone straight to catastrophic. So why doesn’t the Huffington Post run that on their main page? Over 57 million babies, tiny little boys and girls, have been murdered and we’re not supposed to talk about it?

Or worse, we’re supposed to join the movement to destigmatize abortion. The website Thanks, Abortion! asks women to share their “positive abortion stories.” Sarah, 18, wrote the following:

I was 18 when I became pregnant, about a year ago. I had been in a one year relationship but broke it off shortly before finding out about the pregnancy. There was no fight; we just didn’t love each other anymore. I had been on the pill, so I feel I did my best to prevent pregnancy, and yet I had terrible luck. As a college student in a prestigious university, becoming pregnant during my freshman year would have ruined my life. I have so many aspirations that could never be realized if I had been sentenced to 9 months of pregnancy and a child. Furthermore, the mere thought of having something growing inside me when I didn’t want it was horrifying. I cannot imagine not being allowed to control my own body. I have always been pro-choice, and I am so eternally grateful to every pro-choice activist and politician!

How ironic that Sarah couldn’t imagine “not being allowed to control” her own body yet had no regrets taking that control from someone else.

The 1 in 3 Campaign offers up similar stories on their website. All are horrifying. Many allegedly submitted anonymously. After reading these stories, one gets the impression they aren’t real. For the sake of society, I hope they aren’t. Any story that begins with, “I had my first abortion…” isn’t something I want to continue reading.

There is an attempt to make abortion a reproductive health issue, emphasis on health. We’re supposed to believe that abortion is nothing more than a medical procedure, like pulling a tooth. We’re supposed to forget that a second life is involved. A clump of cells, non-viable tissue; a fetus. Whatever the terminology it isn’t supposed to include the word “baby.”

As often as I’ve tried, I just cannot put into words the impact abortion has had on this nation. Peter Heck, fortunately, can.

Pauline Wolak

About the author, Pauline Wolak: Pauline is a proud wife and mother of three. When she isn't being the world's greatest Girl Friday, she is volunteers her time as a school librarian and athletic director. Pauline enjoys football, politics, good beer, and arguing with anyone. She's a devout pro-life Catholic. Pauline believes in the 1st Amendment and uses it on a daily basis, most notably to ambush unsuspecting family members in political debate! You can find her work here at Clash and at redknucklepolitics.com. Follow her on twitter at @MiStateFan. View all articles by Pauline Wolak

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