One of every three women in America will have an abortion in her lifetime. Since the Supreme Court in 1973 acknowledged—not invented—the right of women to have unwanted pregnancies terminated, there have been about fifty million abortions in our country. No one knows how many women wanted to end such pregnancies but lacked access or funds to exercise that right.
During the same four-decade time span, there have been about 1.4 billion (that’s billion with a b) abortions worldwide, far too many of them illegal and dangerous. Without those abortions, world population today would be a staggering nine billion. Further, the number of women worldwide who have died or suffered health problems from illegal and/or dangerous abortions or continued pregnancies is incalculable, not to mention all the children left without mothers. And none of the preceding touches on the huge numbers of abortions that took place before 1973.