Sunday, January 22nd, marked the 44th anniversary of the ruthless and reckless Roe v. Wade decision, which has left in its wake the cruel and callous destruction of nearly 60 million unborn children. That casualty figure is greater than the combined population of the states of California and New York.
The annual March for Life was held on Friday of that week, with hundreds of thousands of pro-life citizens rallying on behalf of the sanctity of human life in our nation’s capital. As has been their persistent practice, the ultraliberal print and broadcast media virtually ignored their presence.
However, for the first time in the history of the March for Life, a sitting Vice-president (or President) addressed the pro-life masses in person. Vice-President Mike Pence proclaimed that “a society can be judged by how we care for its most vulnerable–the aged, the infirm, the disabled, and the unborn…We have come to an historic moment in the cause for life. Life is winning in America.”
“Life is winning in America through the steady advance of science that illuminates when life begins…Life is winning through the compassion of caregivers at crisis pregnancy centers who minister to women in towns across this country…The truth is being told. Compassion is overcoming convenience. And hope is defeating despair,” the Vice-President said.
“To heal our land and restore a culture of life we must continue to be a movement that embraces all, cares for all, and shows respect for the dignity of every person…Rest assured that we, along with you, will not grow weary until we fully restore a culture of life in American for ourselves and our posterity,” Pence concluded.
The Vice-President is right. Despite four and a half decades of the merciless murder of preborn children at the bloody hands of abortionists, the pro-life message is indeed winning. The number of abortions performed in the United States on an annual basis has dropped by 42% since 1990. 926,000 abortions were done in 2014, the most recent full year on record. 1,608,000 abortions were performed in 1990, the highest annual figure since the legalization of abortion on demand.
The statistics in Missouri reveal an even more precipitous decline. The number of abortions performed in our state has dropped by 75% since 1984. 20,204 abortions were performed in Missouri that year. Only 5,060 were conducted in 2014.
The Missouri numbers are somewhat skewed because so many Missouri women now obtain their abortions out of state. In 2014, an estimated 48% of the abortions performed on Missouri women were done at out of state abortion clinics. Despite that fact, the number of abortions conducted on Missouri women has dropped by 55% since 1980. There were 21,671 resident abortions in that year, and an estimated 9,760 in 2014.