January 22, 2014

The Day It Became Legal Nationwide to Kill Pre-Born Babies (UPDATE: Brit Hume’s Commentary)

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:33 pm

CBS Evening News, Jan. 22, 1973:

It’s interesting to see the relatively dry (and relatively unbiased, compared to today) presentation.

Also note that the anonymous woman interviewed had her baby “adopted out.” That hardly seems like a tragedy — especially for the baby who lived instead of being murdered in the womb.

According to a statistic found here (though possibly suspect given the two named providers of the information), “almost half of American women (43 percent) will have an abortion sometime in their lifetime.”


UPDATE: Brit Hume’s tremendous commentary tonight (HT Hot Air) —

Unfortunately, I think Hume’s belief that scientific proof that a pre-born baby feels pain would be a game-changer is sadly naive. Most of those determined to kill won’t let that stop them.



  1. Two points:

    (1) The statistic of 43% of American woman will have an abortion is probably calculated by dividing the total number of abortions by the total number of women. Top of the head numbers would be ~300 million Americans, about half are women ~150 million women. ~56 million abortions divided by ~150 gives about 37%, not far from 43%.

    What I don’t know is how they account for repeat abortions on the same woman. For example, out of three women, if one woman has three abortions, the average would be one abortion per woman. When in reality (in this example), only one in three of the women had any abortions.

    (2) When I actually do homework on the statistics, I usually go with Guttmacher’s numbers. As you know, the Guttmacher Institute is “the research arm of Planned parenthood”. The raw numbers they give are not questioned by the pro-abortion side and they have direct access to the abortion providers who are in the best position to provide data. Whether the providers in reality give accurate numbers, well, that’s a whole other story as Lila Rose has shown us.

    Comment by GW — January 23, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

  2. GW, I would think that the stat’s denominator would be those of child-bearing age whose entire term of fertility has occurred (or “will occur”) since 1973. So you would exclude all women over, say, 60 from the denominator (since the RvW ruling didn’t happen until well into their child-bearing-eligible years), and all of their abortions from the numerator. That % would be far lower than your 37% IMO, and would push the remainder closer to Guttmacher’s 43%.

    That said, there are quite a few women who have had multiple abortions.

    Comment by Tom — January 24, 2014 @ 6:22 am

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