In 2017, Planned Parenthood performed 345,672 abortions, or approximately 40% of all abortions, making them the largest abortion chain in the United States. Even as the overall national abortion rate has declined over the past two decades, Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers have increased substantially during this time period.
Guttmacher Institute. “Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States.” September 2019. Link.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Planned Parenthood Federation of America 2018-2019 Annual Report. Link.
Pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) nationwide provide free services, including confidential counseling, help dealing with family problems, medical care, housing assistance, and job placement assistance.
They also provide free maternity and baby clothes, diapers, and baby furniture. Two national organizations can help women find local PRCs:
Text: Text “HELPLINE” to 313131
National Life Center Help Line
Pregnancy resource centers are always in need of donations of money, baby items and volunteer time, providing an ideal opportunity for those who care about needy mothers and their children to take action on their behalf.
Overpopulation is not a problem in the United States. On the contrary, the U.S. fertility rate is 2.06 children per couple, slightly below “replacement” level—the number of births needed to keep population stable. If not for immigration, the U.S. population would be stagnant.
Most European and Asian nations are well below the replacement rate. These nations will soon face a shortage of people of working age, with too few workers to support the elderly in their retirement. Even in developing nations, fertility rates have begun to steadily decline.
There is more than enough space on earth for the world’s population. In fact, every person in the world could comfortably live within the landmass of the state of Texas. The real problem is resource consumption, as developed nations consume resources at an alarming rate. While one solution to this problem might be to limit the number of people allowed to live on earth, a better solution would be to responsibly limit our consumption of the earth’s resources.
“County Comparison: Total Fertility Rate.” In The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2127rank.html.
Mosher, Steven. “Did you know?” LifeIssues.net: Clear Thinking about Crucial Issues. http://lifeissues.net/writers/mos/pri_01texas.html.
Population Research Institute. FAQ’s. http://pop.org/about/faq.
United Nations. Press Release Pop/918. February 25, 2005. http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2005/pop918.doc.htm.
At conception, also known as fertilization, a male sperm unites with a female ovum (egg). The single-celled human organism formed by the fusion of sperm and egg is known as a zygote.
Condic, Maureen, Ph.D. “When Does Human Life Begin? A Scientific
Perspective.” The Westchester Institute, October 2008. Accessed October 10,
In a medication abortion, sometimes called a medical or chemical abortion, a woman is administered an abortion-inducing compound called mifepristone (also called RU-486 or Mifeprex). Mifepristone blocks the action of progesterone, the natural hormone vital to maintaining the lining of the uterus. As the nutrient lining disintegrates, the embryo starves. Subsequently, the woman takes a dose of artificial prostaglandins which initiate uterine contractions and cause the embryo to be expelled from the uterus. Abortions by mifepristone are usually done prior to 49 days after the woman’s last menstrual period, but are sometimes done as late as 70 days.
Willke, John, MD and Barbara Willke. Abortion: Questions & Answers. Cincinnati: Hayes, 2003.
Since the legalization of abortion in 1973, there have been approximately 60 million abortions performed in the United States.
National Right to Life Committee, Inc. “The State of Abortion in the United States.” January 2019. https://www.nrlc.org/uploads/communications/stateofabortion2019.pdf.