By the Numbers; A Plea to Contemplate Abortion and our Societal and Individual Response to it.

Women between the ages of 20-24 obtained 33% of all abortions (CDC).

Nearly half of pregnancies among American women are unintended; about 4 in 10 of these are terminated by abortion. Twenty-two percent of all U.S. pregnancies end in abortion. (AGI).

Adolescents under 15 years obtained less than 1% of all abortions, but have the highest abortion ratio, 773 abortions for every 1,000 live births (CDC).

40% of minors having an abortion report that neither of their parents knew about the abortion (AGI).

47% of women who have abortions had at least one previous abortion (AGI).

Black women are more than 4.8 times more likely than non-Hispanic white women to have an abortion, and Hispanic women are 2.7 times as likely (AGI).

On average, women give at least 3 reasons for choosing abortion: 3/4 say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or other responsibilities; about 3/4 say they cannot afford a child; and 1/2 say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner (AGI).

I would like to point out a few things in light of these numbers. First, the fact that any woman has an abortion is a failing of society to care for this woman. This cultural failing can and does take place at so many levels. It takes place when we don’t provide her the knowledge on what really abortion is, what is really inside her and the physical and emotional health risks to her as a result of the surgery. It happens when we don’t provide her with an economic situation that allows for her to consider parenthood. It happens when we fail to use the law to protect humanity; both child and mother. It happens when we don’t provide her with the moral foundation to now what killing is. It happens when we are unwilling to address her spiritual needs by offering her new life in Christ.

Second, I would like to point out that Society is made up of individuals. All of these societal failings I’ve mentioned are a result of a collection of individuals deciding to fail those around them in the ways listed. In what ways has your thinking on the issue contributed to the situation?

To simply be pro life is not enough. You need to be willing to engage the culture around you and speak to all the failings and say there is a better way than this for you and for us. Being pro life saves no one and changes nothing. Your actions because of your pro life convictions can lead to changing of minds, the reshaping of culture and the saving of lives.

Whether you are pro choice or pro life you are responsible to the women who choose to abort their children. We have failed them; let us today begin to change.

In light of the numbers and our societal and individual failings, I recommend to you the following resources:– this is in my mind, the best resource for learning what abortion is and what can be done to stop it.

Why Pro life? By Randy Alcorn– this is a short, concise work that walks through all the arguments for and against abortion.

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