When he first arrived in Boston, then-Archbishop Bernard Law rallied pro-life sentiments by describing abortion as "the primordial darkness of our time."
In 2005, the Planned Parenthood clinic in Boston performed 8,016 abortions, according to statistics furnished by state health officials. In 2006 (the latest year for which statistics are available) that number rose to 9,295-- an increase of 16%.
In 2005, the parishes of the Boston archdiocese baptized 21,860 babies, according to the archdiocesan directory. In 2006 the figure was 18,273. That's a drop, coincidentally, of 16%.
If the two trends continued, eventually their would be more unborn children butchered at just one busy clinic in Boston than babies baptized in the entire archdiocese. In fact, if the trends continued at the same rate, those lines on the graph would cross... sometime this year.
I know: it's a small sample. I know: the trends probably won't continue at that rate. I still don't feel better.
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Apr. 19, 2008 8:38 PM ET USA
The number of innocents killed; is staggering. Your numbers about abortions and Baptisms boggles the mind. We still have people like Barbara Boxer, who went ballistic about a reference to life in a Benedict Resolution, in the Senate. The numbers of abortions seem to keep growing relentlessly; life is valued less and less. God help us.
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Apr. 19, 2008 12:49 PM ET USA
The Boston Globe tells us that, according to a study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, between 1950 and 2002 Catholic priests in the U.S. had been accused of sexually abusing 10,667 individuals. That works out to an average of 205 per year. Compare that with the number of pre-born individuals who suffer abuse at the hands of abortionists at a single Planned Parenthood facility in Boston. Government bookeepers tell us that they killed 9,295 there in the year 2006 alone.