One of the arguments that I’ve frequently come upon when discussing abortions is that “if we made it illegal it wouldn’t stop.” It is followed up by a list of things that we could do to help limit abortion.
And these are all good things:
- Care for the mothers
- Supply the mothers with food, aid, clothing, support
- Do a better job with sex education
- Educate about adoption
And we could go off on a tangent here talking about what each of these means and whose responsibility it is to do each of these things. That’ll have to wait for another time.
Right now, I want to focus on the main premise, that if we made it illegal it would not solve the problem.
Observe the following table:
As you can see, making abortion legal had a great impact on the number of abortions that were performed. In 1990, the highest amount of babies were killed. Those children never will have children, and never have grandchildren.
The reason I display these stats is to draw the comparison. When abortion was illegal, the number was extremely low, and we could easily [butts]. that if it was to become illegal again we would be saving 1,305,000 lives a year.
Right now, roughly 1 in 4 babies conceived in America dies by abortion, and only 1-2% of abortions come from the hard cases of rape or incest, and yet it’s legal in America to kill the baby during any of the 9 months of pregnancy (although no longer through Partial Birth Abortion).
More “Back Alley” Abortions
The subsequent argument that is made is that if we make abortion illegal it’ll just move to the back alley. Now, I’d first have to say that makes absolutely no sense if it’s an elective abortion. I don’t know that any mother is going to risk her life in the “back alley” to have their child killed.
But more to the point, look at what actually happened to a country that did it. Poland, as it left Soviet control, moved from legal abortion to illegal. The results do not bear out the claims of the pro-abortion/pro-choice movement.
Over the course of time from 1960 to 1998 there went from 150,400 abortions down to 253. Not only that, but the number of infants that died and mothers that died also decreased.
In summary, then, here we have a large nation that, for 4½ decades, had abortion-on-request, paid for by the state. Certainly, the practice of abortion in Poland had become deeply ingrained. Then came independence and a law that took the total number of abortions down to 0.004% of what it had been, contrary to all predictions by government agencies, the media, the UN and Planned Parenthood.
To perhaps everyone’s surprise, there have been 25% fewer miscarriages and 30% fewer women dying compared with what it had been while abortion was legal. In the latest annual report, 21 women died from pregnancy-related problems, with none listed as dying from illegal abortions.
These are firm statistics. The facts above have been annually reported and heatedly discussed by the Polish parliament, its ministries of health, labor, social welfare and education, as well as by mass media, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and anyone else interested in the problem.
So, all this argument has left is the idea that we shouldn’t punish, we should just educate, but that is a poor solution, as we’ll see through some subsequent posts…