Friday, October 12, 2007

Study Says: 1 in 5 Pregnancies Worldwide Ends in Abortion

Heartbreaking, shocking, daunting!

The facts from a study by Gilda Sedgh of the Guttmacher Institute and colleagues from the World Health Organization:

One in five pregnancies worldwide and more than half of pregnancies in eastern Europe end in abortion, according to a new study that examined abortion trends from 1995 to 2003.

The study, published Friday in a special maternal health edition of The Lancet medical journal, also found that a vast majority of abortions (35 million) were in the developing world and that nearly 97 percent of the estimated 70,000 women who die every year from unsafe abortions were in poor countries.

Furthermore, while more countries are allowing women to have abortions legally and the number of worldwide abortions has dipped from about 46 million in 1995 to just under 42 million in 2003, there was no change in the rate of unsafe abortions.

They cite as the reason for these countless abortions on the lack of access to contraception in developing countries. The statistics continue to shock:

Still, the research found that there were more abortions than live births in eastern Europe with there being 105 abortions for every 100 live births. Western Europe, in comparison, witnessed 23 abortions for every 100 live births....

“The widespread preference for small families in this region indicates a high level of need for effective contraception," they added.

The study also reported that 33 abortions were performed in North America for every 100 live births. And in Africa, where abortion is illegal in most countries, there were 17 abortions for every 100 live births.

For me this devestating news is still fresh and raw-- I have not become so numb to the dissipation of human life and the soul. That is good. But today this news comes as a hefty, balloon-popping, jaw-dropping shocker. That is just far, far too many abortions. All of the people they could be! Half a generation each year is a substantial amount aborted-- it will surely have long lasting economic effects. But we are more than dependents of the economy. There is personhood and the dignity of human life. My life matters not because I made it out of the womb but because I've been endowed with a soul. A unique mark of personhood. The ability to reason. These things are precious, God-given gifts that are being spent to waste. Tragedy of tragedies!


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