A grim moment in U.S. history, January 22, 2010 marks the 37th year since the United States Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.
“January 22 is a day that will live in infamy. It is the darkest day in American history. The Supreme Court’s decision distorted law and logic,” says Mathew D. Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law. “Abortion has caused incalculable harm and pain to all of us.”
About 50 million innocent and helpless children have been killed by abortion since that time. That translates to about 20 percent of America’s youth being slain before they were even born.
That number rises for minorities. African-Americans account for about 12 percent of the population, but 37 percent of the 1.3 million abortions each year. Latinos make up about 15 percent of the population, yet account for about 22 percent of the annual number of abortions.
Consider the big picture: In all the wars in American history combined, from the Revolution to the War on Terror, we have lost approximately 910,000 people. However, in 37 years we have lost about 50 million children to abortion.
Now think of it this way: We lose more children to abortion each day than we lost in all the tragedies on September 11, 2001. About 98 percent of abortions are done for convenience unrelated to health. Less than 2 percent of abortions are done for serious health reasons, rape or incest.
The good news is the youth in America under the age of 35 are more pro-life than any other generation. A majority of all Americans oppose abortion. Last Monday, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, about 15,000 people, mostly youth, gathered in Houston, Texas to protest Planned Parenthood’s 78,000 square-foot abortion facility scheduled to open in April in the midst of a minority community comprised of Hispanics and African-Americans. One of the youth held a sign saying, “We survived Roe. Roe will not survive us.”
A recent Marist survey reevals “Millennials” (those 18-29) consider abortion to be “morally wrong” even more (58%) than Baby Boomers (those 45-64) (51%). Generation X (those 30-44) are similar to Millennials (60% see abortion as “morally wrong”). More than 6 in 10 of the Greatest Generation (those 65+) feel the same. ?
“We can deceive ourselves for a time but we cannot escape the consequences of killing our children,” Staver says. “But the day will come when we will once again honor and protect the right to life for all Americans.”