Abortion is a very emotional topic. Proponents on both sides feel very strongly about their position. But there are some very interesting statistics that put abortion in a very unique light.
1. 78 % of all pregnant women who see an ultrasound do not choose abortion
There was a time when then the only way we knew anything about a gestating baby was when the mom felt a kick, during a miscarriage, or during labor and delivery. Times have changed. We now know so much more than we did even 20 years ago. Ultrasounds are a dynamic technology that shows the sex of the baby, the baby’s movements, the health and development of the baby, and the baby’s positions. According to Life News, 78% of all pregnant women who see their babies opt out of abortion. Ultrasounds are a powerful tool that gives us a window inside the hidden world off the unborn and ought to be used more often.
2. At 10 weeks’ gestation, a “fetus” has most body parts needed for the rest of her life
According to Voices for Life, at 22 days after conception, a fetus has a beating heart. At 10 weeks she has a brain, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, arms, fingers, hands, feet, and toes. She is a human. She deserves to live!
3. Only 1% of abortions are due to rape or incest
Less than 1% of all abortions take place due to rape or incest. Yet a 12-year-old can get an abortion without her parent’s knowledge in many states. Incest is with a minor is a horrible crime and should be reported as such. But performing secret abortions for minor teens simply because she does not want her dad to know is wrong on so many levels. Doesn’t a parent, who has committed no crime, have a right to know about his or her grandchild?
4. Abortion is the #1 killer in the black community
When we think of deaths in the black community, we may think of diabetes, heart disease, or HIV. However, according to the Radiance Foundation, abortion is the #1 killer in the black community with a whopping 300,000 abortions per year. That’s more than all other deaths combined! Please don’t get me wrong, I am black; I was raised in a black neighborhood by black parents, and I have adopted and raised two black kids of my own. It gives me no joy to report these numbers. As a matter of fact, it breaks my heart that my fellow brothers and sisters feel they have no other choice than abortion as an answer to a crisis pregnancy.
5. There were more black children who were aborted than there were born in NYC in 2013
According to Life News, a NYC Department of Health report shows that for every 1,000 black infants born in 2013, 1,200 were aborted.
“The shocking results show that 54.6 percent of black babies in healthy pregnancies were aborted that year. This means 79 black babies are aborted in the city every day and 66 are born alive.”
Again, my purpose is not to bash the black community. I am black. I grew up in NYC. I was born to an unwed, teen mom. My heart aches for my people. My purpose is to bring awareness to a major problem. The black community is missing thousands, even millions of people. Even if we don’t believe that a fetus is a human being, is it good for the black community, or any community for that matter, to be deprived of its future by neglecting their own children to be born?
These statistics are crazy! They may be controversial, but they are real. They are hard facts that should be weighed against the rhetoric of “choice.” Don’t believe me? Do your own research. Follow the links I’ve provided and go to the original sources. Make an educated decision and don’t just follow the crowd. Open your mind as well as your heart.
Are you considering placing a child for adoption? Do you want more choices with your adoption plan? Do you want to regain more control in your life? Visit Adoption.org or call 1-800-ADOPT-98. We can help you put together an adoption plan that best meets your needs.
If you are unexpectedly pregnant, please consider adoption. Visit Adoption.com to view adoption profiles from hopeful adoptive parents. Visit Adoption.com/unplanned-pregnancy to find guidance with your unplanned pregnancy.