This time of year often encourages both sides of the abortion debate to look at precedence, necessity, legality, current and future effects of abortion. A great blog post has been written by Dr. Timothy Shaughnessy over at Truth and Charity. Dr. Shaughnessy is a doctor and professor of Economics at Louisiana State University in Shreveport.
The math person in me looks at the numbers which Dr. Shaughnessy presents makes my little math brain turn.
The problem is clear: in 1945 there were almost 42 workers for every Social Security recipient, but now one recipient is funded by only three workers. Of course, post-boomer generations have fewer births, and thus have to support more retirees, because so many of them are aborted (about 52 million in the US since Roe v. Wade). Compare this with the fact that in 2010 there were about 157 million workers paying to support 53 million Social Security recipients.
“Some Economic Consequences of Abortion” – Truth and Charity 1/17/2012
I look at the numbers in comparison, in 1942 the numbers looked like this 42 : 1, today they look like this 3 : 1. In seventy years the work force has depleted 14 times, that’s a total of 1400 percent. Yes, that includes the American population becoming stable after the Baby Boom and Vietnam War. Yikes!
At this point according to www.numberofabortions.com 53,483,681 abortions have been preformed in the United States alone since Roe V. Wade in 1973. This website bases their estimates on numbers from the Guttmacher Institute and the Center For Disease Control. These are numbers that I understand and that also shock me.
Regardless of numbers, there is no means that I can justify the necessity or desire for an abortion. I do not know what weight my voice will bear. I am not a mother, I have never been pregnant, I never have been in a situation where an abortion “may” be an option. However, I am a woman, I desire to be a mother, I feel confused about why women seek abortion as their option. What I do know will be the rest of my blog post.
1. Life begins at conception. There is an entire field of science devoted to the study of the embryo in bilateral animals. This includes animals who are mammals, birds, fish and most insects. They all agree that the embryo is alive at fertilization. That being said, two humans can only have a human offspring. Their embryo/fetus is human as well.
2. Merriam – Webster defines abortion as the following
1 : the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus: as
a: spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus during the first 12 weeks of gestation — compare miscarriage
b : induced expulsion of a human fetus
c: expulsion of a fetus by a domestic animal often due to infection at any time before completion of pregnancy — compare contagious abortion
http://www.Merriam-Webster.com – Abortion (Emphasis mine)
3. Blessed Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae states the following:
To claim the right to abortion, infanticide and euthanasia, and to recognize that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over others and against others. This is the death of true freedom: “Truly, truly, I say to you, every one who commits sin is a slave to sin” (Jn 8:34).
Having the ability to make the legal choice to have an abortion does not remove the alignment of the act. Just because something has been labeled as legal does not mean that it is the termination of an unprotected life is any less grave.
4. To claim to be pro-life is not only to say that you are against abortion but you respect life in all forms from natural conception to natural death. Situations such as IVF, Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, Death Penalty, and Do Not Resuscitate Orders also need to be addressed. (and perhaps in another blog post)
5. There are other options besides abortions. There are agencies and people in the United States who are devoted to helping women who have “unwanted” pregnancies. These include two online resources are www.adoption.com and www.birthright.org. There are those who are willing to pay for the expenses of adopting a child.
I am only one voice and there is so much that can be said about abortion. So I leave you with this from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth.
CCC – 2270
P.S. At the conclusion of writing this blog post 53,483,828 abortions have been preformed in the United States.