Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Good News and Bad News: Number of abortions in U.S. hits historic low

The good news is the number of abortions in the U.S. hit a historic low, 
The Washington Post (11/21, Cha) reported new figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that “fewer U.S. women are having abortions than at any time since Roe v. Wade.” For the most recent year for which data is available, 2015, 638,169 abortions were recorded, down two percent from 2014. The Post added, “While the CDC paper did not delve into the reasons for the decline, analysts have cited improved access to birth control, which has led to a decrease in unintended pregnancies, especially among teens, as well as the state laws regarding parental consent, waiting periods and other conditions that make it more difficult for women to get abortions.”
The bad news is that 638,169 precious souls never lived long enough to see the light of day.

Contrast this with the "homicide" statistics for 2016 compiled by the CDC,
All homicides: 19,362 
Firearm homicides: 14,415
We hear a lot on the news and from the mouths of bishops and other politicians about "gun violence" but nary a word about the horrors of abortion violence. "Let's ban guns, but don't you dare try to restrict abortion."

When learning how to set up a budget for a business, I was always taught to focus on the most costly items first.

Don't hold your breath waiting for progressive bishops to do that.

Yes we see lower numbers of infant homicides, but it remains a huge plank in our nation's eye.

The stories I checked all searched for answers as to why the numbers declined but nowhere did I find a religious explanation. I have to think that continued resistance from conservative religious groups is a contributing factor. They have not rolled over on this issue.

Christians need to continue to fight for life and continue to be the voice for the unborn.  


  1. Katherine9:30 AM

    I hope it's in part the continued Christian teaching that killing infants is wrong. It may also be in part the prevalence of ultrasound photos of developing infants.

    On another note, I keep seeing articles about how young people are having less sex. This is good, if it means less premarital sex. It may be, alas, simply that they're too focused on their phones, social media accounts, and games to interact with actual people.

  2. Yes I hope our efforts are having an impact. I hesitate to think that in addition to the games and social media, virtual sex might play a role by replacing actual teen sexual contacts, but you never know what research will show.

  3. Katherine8:26 PM

    Virtual sex is also a possibility, according to what I read.

    As an aside, I am having the same posting problem I had at the Anglican Curmudgeon. Your site's default is to comment through my Google account. When I do that, the comment disappears into the ether, never to be seen again. So I have to go to the name/url option. That's fine with me; I just wonder what's wrong with Google.

    1. You might try clearing your cache. Click on "Customize and control Google Chrome" (three vertical dots) in the upper right corner of Chrome and then go to clear browsing dataa and then clear cache. Then restart Chrome.

  4. Katherine12:42 PM

    I don't use Chrome. Just looked through Safari and there isn't any place to clear the cache. I have recently shut down and rebooted, with no change. I tried a "Test" post but see no sign it went anyplace where you will see it.

  5. On iPhone you can go to your “Settings” icon and then scroll down to “Safari” which will have “clear history and website data”.

  6. Katherine8:16 PM

    Tried clearing history (on computer, not phone). No luck. It's a mystery. I can do without Google, anyhow.