Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Roe v. Wade

In 1973, the Supreme Court allowed abortions to be legal in the United States. There were limits--parental consent, medical clearances and after 12 weeks of gestation (first three months of pregnancy) no abortions were to be legally performed.

Over the years statistics have been compiled for the U.S. but in many countries abortion has always been legal, used as birth control and as population maintenance. Here are a international statistics for comparison:

Abortions (annual*)**
Brazil: 0 (abortions can only be performed if the mother of the baby is in danger)
Italy: 117,156
Russia: 1,385,600
UK: 189,100
Switzerland: 10,200
Greece: 16,264
Kosovo/Serbia/Montenegro: 162,643
China: 6,111,375
Spain: 115,812
United States: 784,507

* based on figures from 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 or 2010)
** Source: www.johnstonsarchive.net/

After 40 years of legal abortion it has been estimated that 55 million babies have been aborted. Planned Parenthood is the primary provider of abortions. Although clinics are closing, many still operate outside the law. But some clinics have killed mothers and born alive fetuses. One of the counts faced by Dr. Kermit Gosnell includes the death of a woman following an abortion at his office. The other seven were late-term babies, born alive, who were then killed by Dr. Gosnell with a pair of scissors he used to severe their spines.