American Abortions Decrease!

American Abortions Decrease

American Abortions Decrease!

Richard Hollerman

Those who value life have been following the number and rate of abortions in America since the landmark Supreme Court Ruling in 1973. A new report tells us that the rate of abortions has decreased again.

“Between 2010-2014, the Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 56 million abortions occurred each year around the globe. This is up from an estimated 50 million abortions per year between 1990-1994” ( Although we may think that America has a high rate of abortions, it is far less than Asia: “An estimated 64% of all global abortions (35.8 million) occur in Asia” (Ibid.)

As to the various countries where abortion rates are high, we find the following: Russia (53.7 percent), China (24.2 percent), Hungary (23.4 percent), Unites States (20.8 percent), Sweden (20.2 percent), Australia (19.7 percent), and Norway (19.7 percent). ( We know that such places as Russia, China, and Europe also have a high atheistic rate. There definitely would be a connection. (But we may wonder about the United States that has a much lower rate of atheism!)

Now what about the United States? After a dramatic rise following the Supreme Court ruling in 1973, it reached its peak in the 1980s. Although California, Maryland, and New Hampshire didn’t report in the latest 2017 poll, the figures are roughly accurate. In the latest year’s findings, the abortion rate was 11.8 per 1,000 women, compared to 12.1 per 1,000 in 2014 (and 15.9 in 2006).

Why has the rate decreased? The government doesn’t really know, but they suggest that improved contraception access, and laws regarding parental consent, waiting periods, and other factors that make it more difficult to obtain a quick abortion. The report also tells us that 60 percent of those who kill their babies are in their 20s. Evidently this is when more young women become pregnant and it also reflects the increased secularism of that age group. Further, white women murder their babies at 6.8 abortions per 1,000 women, black women have abortions at 25.1 per 1,000.

Some may make false conclusions to these facts and figures. Do we conclude that women today are more moral than they were in the 1980s? Not at all. It may be that the present restrictions are more formidable than they were in the 1970s and 1980s. Are we to conclude that blacks are more immoral than whites, according to the statistics? We wouldn’t necessarily conclude this for it may be that whites are more able to obtain contraceptives than blacks, thus the lower abortion rates. Various factors, no doubt, contribute to these discrepancies.

We must also remember that these figures are only for the United States, a mere 5 percent of the world population. Abortions are much more prevalent in some countries as compared to others. (We already mentioned Asia.) This is not a direct statement on the morality or immorality of these cultures. Furthermore, even morality doesn’t necessarily reflect the spirituality of these women (or the doctors and nurses who actually killed the babies). And, beyond this, we know that spirituality is not the same as a purely Biblical stance. Another matter worth noting is that many of these baby killings were prompted by men and women who had no business having a pregnancy since they were not even married in God’s sight! In other words, fornication contributed to the murder rate.

The bottom line is that vast numbers of women continue to kill their babies. Since 1973, tens of millions of babies have been murdered. Think of the impact of this on a culture. On the one hand, this might mean that multiplied millions of unwanted babies were kept from birth and growing up in society. On the other hand, this many people who were not added to the population growth of the United States. Perhaps fifty million babies were not added to the national population!

More important, we must remember that since God is the Creator and Giver of life, every baby conceived comes from Him! We are to please Him and live for Him, whether we are speaking of life or any other issues. Babies are made in the image of God, the Creator (see Genesis 1:26-27; 9:6; James 3:9). Let us do what we can to eradicate the murder of babies from American culture, but most important, let us proclaim the good news of a crucified and risen Savior who freely offers forgiveness to those who have killed their own children in this horrible and unconscionable manner!


Fort Worth Star-Telegram, November 22, 2018




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