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55 million legal abortions? The number is actually much higher

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jan 22, 2013

This week I've seen dozens of comments on the 55 million abortions that have been performed in the US in the years since Roe. Shocking as it is, that estimate is much too low.

There have been roughly 55 million surgical abortions. The government doesn't keep good statistics on the number of surgical abortions, but there are at least some figures.

There are, on the other hand, no statistics at all about the number of chemical abortions. We have no idea how many babies have been killed either deliberately (through the use of pills like RU-486. designed to induce abortions) or semi-accidentally (through the use of contraceptive pills with abortifacient properties). One can only guess that there have been many, many millions more. 

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: polish.pinecone4371 - Jan. 23, 2013 7:58 AM ET USA

    Nor does this number factor in the number of children who have not been born because their potential parents were killed in the womb. The blood of abortion here and throughout the world is much deeper than we think.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jan. 22, 2013 6:04 PM ET USA

    We have bad government statistics and two worthless political parties, one that does nothing to stop this and the other that does everything to promote the slaughter. The latter, the Democrat Party, was once known by its enemies as the Party of Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion; today even its friends know it as the Party of Sodomy, Suicide, and Slaughter. And GOP has come to stand for Gutlessness, Obfuscation, and Posturing.