This past Thursday marked the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that made abortion on demand legal in the United States.
Some interesting statistics:
· 1,314,451 is the number of all American combat deaths since the Revolutionary War
· 655,692 is the number of all American war deaths (combat and civilian)since the Civil War
Since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision 50,000,000 pregnancies have ended in abortion. Fifty million.
The number of abortions performed each year is about 1.2 million. That means that every year almost as many babies die by abortion than all the American soldiers of all the wars Americans have ever fought.
At 1.2 million deaths, abortion is the leading cause of death in the United States – more than heart disease and cancer combined.
In 1990 the number of abortions was 1.6 million – more than heart disease, cancer, stroke, pneumonia and accidental injury combined.
The estimated population of the Unites States as of this past Friday is 305,671,868. That means that since Roe v. Wade the equivalent of 16.4% of the current US population has died by abortion.
In 2005 there were 2,608 abortions performed in Escambia County. In that same year there were 4,237 live births. This means that for every two live births, one baby was murdered.
In that same year 92,513 abortions were performed in the state of Florida. For 91,000 of these, the stated reason for the abortion was “Personal Choice.”
Now for some psychological perspective: After 9/11 there was a national sense of a need for justice. We launched a war on terror. We started blowing things up. Thousands have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11, a day on which 3,000 died.
The average number of babies that have died by abortion every day since January 22, 1973 is 3,800.
However shocking these statistics are, the purpose of citing them is not to shock you. If I wanted to shock you I would tell you how abortions are performed, or how aborted babies are disposed of, or show you pictures of what an aborted baby looks like. If I wanted to shock you I could find much more harrowing ways to do it than with statistics.
My purpose in citing these statistics is to show you just how pervasive abortion is in our culture – a “normal” part of our national psyche. And to suggest that most of us make it through every day without giving it a thought.
It is right to say that the gravest threat to our nation is not Islamic extremism or communism or whoever the enemy du jour happens to be. But it is also right to say that abortion is not our gravest threat either.
The central issue in abortion is rebellion against God’s sovereignty. And having rejected and spurned God’s absolute authority in the universe, we receive the just penalty – death. The central issue is unbelief.
The way to overcome unbelief is not in courtrooms or boardrooms or picket lines or marches on Washington. The way to overcome unbelief (and abortion and pornography and abuse and adultery and all the rest) is through the proclamation of the gospel.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, at is it written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
In a culture of death nothing will do but the gospel of life!