The Abortion Index
Is abortion some kind of free lunch? Or does it have a hidden cost that we are simply afraid to examine? We regularly explore the hidden cost of many things -- absenteeism, drug addiction, drunken driving, even the common cold. Isn’t it time to challenge the high cost of abortion to us as a nation? Here in striking examples, a leading market researcher cites some hidden costs that should catch the attention of every concerned American.
By Dennis M. Howard
Total number of abortions in the United States 1967-2011: 54,900,000
Population of 72 largest U.S. cities: 54,899,885 (2011)
Number of babies aborted each year worldwide -- 50,000,000.
Number of babies aborted throughout the world since World War II:
More than 1.5 billion.
Top 3 countries in number of abortions annually:
1. Red China -- 11,000,000.
2. Former Soviet Union -- 6,000,000.
3. The United States -- 1,250,000 (Projected 2011)
Highest abortion/birth ratio in the world: The former Soviet Union
(300 abortions for every 100 live births, and declining)
Highest abortion/birth ratio in the United States: Washington, D.C.
(265 abortions for every 100 live births).
Number of Jews killed during the Nazi Holocaust - 6,000,000.
Number of American babies aborted since 9/11/2001 - 12,858,540
Number of American babies aborted during the Clinton presidency: 11,200,000
Number of babies aborted during Bush II presidency: 10,108,000 (-9.75%)
Number of blacks killed by lynching in the U.S. between 1864 and 1968:
4,946 (47.7 per year).
Number of black babies killed by abortion between 1973 and 2011:
17,653,000 (currently 470,000 per year)
Ratio of black babies killed by abortion to blacks killed by lynching:
3,569 to 1.
Number of U.S. battle deaths in the 8-year American Revolution:
Number of babies aborted in one day in the U.S. today:
Number of U.S. battle deaths in 9-year Vietnam War from 1964 to 1973:
Number of abortions in the United States in 9 years from 1984 to 1993:
Ratio: 294.5 to 1
Number of American battle deaths in all U.S. wars since 1776: 650,503
Number of abortions in the United States 1967-2011: 54,900,000
Ratio of U.S. abortions to battle deaths in all U.S. wars: 84.4 to 1
Number of Americans of all ages and races
murdered daily by handguns – 28
Number of American babies of all races
killed every day by abortion – 3,425
Ratio of babies killed by abortion to people killed by handguns:
122.3 to 1
Number of American of all ages who start smoking every day -- 3,000.
Percentage of smokers who will die prematurely 50-70 years later: 30%.
Percentage of babies killed by abortion this year: 23.2%.
Years of life expectancy lost by the average smoker - 7 years.
Years of life expectancy lost by the average aborted baby - 78 years.
Ratio: 11.1 to 1
Total years of life expectancy lost by aborted American babies
since 1967: 4.27 billion life years.
Total distance from one end of the universe to the other:
10 billion light years.
Suicide rate for women following a live birth: 5.9 per 100,000.
Suicide rate for women following an abortion: 34.7 per 100,000.
Increased risk: 488%
Increased risk of breast cancer in women who abort a first pregnancy: 100%.
Increased risk of breast cancer in women with 2 or more abortions: 300%.
Increased risk of breast cancer in women under 18 who abort: 150%
Increased risk of breast cancer in women under 18
with a family history of breast cancer who abort: 1000%
Percentage of adult men and women (18-64) who
have been involved in 1 or more abortions: 25% (1 out of 4)
Percentage of adult men and women (18-64)
who will admit to an abortion: 10% (1 out of 10)
Typical cost for an abortion in the United States today - $350
Estimated cost of preventing an abortion
through early education of young people - $25
Number of babies who could be saved by a $350 donation - 14
(Early education is the most cost effective way to prevent abortion)
Estimated future GDP gain of a baby saved from abortion: $25,000,000
Ratio to cost of an average abortion: 71,430 to 1
Est. total U.S. GDP loss to date for 54,900,000 abortions:
$43 trillion (2011)
Estimated future U.S. GDP loss by 2040 if abortion continues:
Your share of this future loss: $129,000