37 Years after Legalized Abortion

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January 22, 2010, marks the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  In 1973, the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton court decisions legalized abortion on demand in America.  Since then, women have legally terminated their pregnancies throughout all nine months for any reason.  However, on April 18, 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court finally upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Act.  This was a monumental step for the Pro-Life movement. 

Chuck Colson of BreakPoint commented, “It took thirty-four years to get from Roe v. Wade to the first significant restriction of so-called ‘abortion rights.’  It’s a reminder that when it comes to eradicating social ills, we must never give up.”  He went on to compare this victory with British Parliamentarian William Wilberforce’s victory in slowing the British slave trade.  His victory came when he was able to pass legislation in 1788 that restricted the number of slaves that a ship was allowed to carry based on the ship’s tonnage.
 
This victory, although small, proved that the slave trade was vulnerable, just as our victory against partial-birth abortion proves that the abortion industry is vulnerable.  Mr. Wilberforce, after almost 20 years of fighting, was eventually successful in abolishing the slave trade.  Twenty-five years after that, slavery was abolished all together.  We too—with patience, prayers, hard work, and diligence—eventually will be successful in abolishing the practice of abortion.
 
According to the most recent abortion records at The Alan Guttmacher Institute (the research branch of Planned Parenthood), 1.21 million abortions were reported in 2005, representing a slight decrease from 1.22 million in 2004.  Unfortunately, the government does not require that abortions be reported; therefore, truly accurate numbers on abortion are not available.  While the national abortion numbers are dropping slightly, so many lives, including women and their unborn children, still need protection.  
 
The abortion numbers in Texas have increased by about 1% from 77,811 in 2007 to 78,330 in 2008.  We pray that our educational efforts and the hard work of pregnancy resource centers will help empower women to choose life.  We also pray that next year’s 82nd Legislative session will be successful in passing legislation that will continue to spread the Culture of Life across Texas.
 
Currently, Texas is the 6th most Pro-Life state in the country, according to the 2009 Americans United for Life National Pro-Life State Analysis.  These rankings are based on our Pro-Life legislature, public assistance to pregnant women, as well as the Pro-Life legislation that has been enacted.
 

YEAR

ABORTIONS

Annual Reduction Since 1990

% Reduction Since 1990

Total Lives Saved Since 1990

Abortion Rate

Abortion Ratio

Abortion Percent

1990

90,051

 

 

 

 

 

 

1991

87,679

2,372

2.63

2,372

 

 

 

1992

87,230

2,821

3.13

5,193

 

 

 

1993

86,360

3,691

4.10

8,884

 

 

 

1994

83,823

6,228

6.92

15,112

 

 

 

1995

83,419

6,632

7.36

21,744

 

 

 

1996

87,677

2,374

2.64

24,118

 

 

 

1997

81,526

8,525

9.47

32,643

 

 

 

1998

78,887

11,164

12.40

43,807

 

 

 

1999

77,291

12,760

14.17

56,567

 

 

 

2000

73,155

16,896

18.76

73,463

15.8

201.3

16.7

2001

74,101

15,950

17.71

89,413

15.5

203.0

16.8

2002

76,278

13,773

15.29

103,186

15.6

204.8

16.9

2003

76,019

14,032

15.58

117,218

15.4

201.4

16.7

2004

72,441

17,610

19.56

134,828

14.6

189.9

15.9

2005

74,399

15,652

17.38

150,480

14.8

193.0

16.1

2006

79,041

11,010

12.22

161,490

15.4

197.9

16.4

2007

77,811

12,240

13.60

173,730

 

 

 

2008

78,330

11,721

13.02

185,451

 

 

 

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