The 55 Million


America passed a milestone last week, a truly remarkable signpost on our collective societal highway. Just in case some of us nodded off along the way, the Democrats threw a super soiree. Even President Barack Obama took time out of his busy schedule of fraud, theft and vacationing to commemorate the big day. And why wouldn’t he? It’s not every day that the President of the United States gets to wish a happy birthday to an entire industry dedicated to keeping birthdays from happening. That’s right, kiddies, Roe vs. Wade turned 41 years old.

While some people have done more with 41 years than others, it’s hard to imagine many have made the impact with which Planned Parenthood, NARAL, Kermit Gosnell and the rest of the people who inexplicably call themselves “pro-choice” have dented our collective souls in such a relatively short time. Even if one puts aside the enormous political influence exerted by the abortionists’ lobbying efforts and the spectacular amount of money that has risen like a red tide on the port side of American politics, one cannot possibly ignore the abortion lobby’s crowning achievement. In 41 years since Roe vs. Wade, Gosnell and his ilk have killed 55 million people.

Defenders of the abortion industry often claim they wish only to make abortion “safe, legal and rare.” If 55 million abortion victims in just 41 years is their idea of “rare,” I’d be curious to hear how they would characterize “commonplace.”

Pardon the expression, but 55 million is one bloody big number; in fact, it’s this big:

  • 55 million is about one-sixth the population of the United States, regardless of their stance on abortion.
  • 55 million is twice the population of Texas; including State Senator Wendy “Abortion Barbie” Davis.
  • 55 million is every single person in California and New York; including a sizeable number of abortionists and their moral and financial supporters.
  • 55 million is the entire Midwest, including the Democrat-created garden spots of Chicago and Detroit.
  • 55 million is a capacity crowd at nearly every major sporting and entertainment venue in North America.
  • 55 million is twice the number of African-Americans, a group already tragically disproportionately well-represented in abortion statistics.
  • 55 million is more than twice the number of healthcare professionals in the United States, Kermit Gosnell not included.

Lest those statistics not shake you from your reverie, in the 41 years since the Supreme Court green lit the act that violates every law of man, nature and God, the abortion industry has prevented:

  • 55 million births.
  • 55 million first steps.
  • 55 million first words.
  • 55 million first days of school.
  • 55 million first loves.

All those firsts would have been followed by seconds, and then thirds.  To be sure, the joys would have been separated by no shortage of sorrows. More than a few sinners would have accompanied the saints. Some of the 55 million might have changed the world — not all for the better. It’s a bit of a shame we’ll never know.

–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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