Abortion claims more lives than war

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Perspective is a wonderful thing. It can provide a fresh viewpoint on things otherwise taken for granted.

For instance, in the decade-long war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan, we’ve been told that 4,977 American service members lost their lives in combat operations. According to  the website Iraq Body Count, the number of civilian deaths during this same period in Iraq alone, ranges between 104,569 and 114,235.

According to Wikipedia, the number of U.S. military members killed since the Revolutionary War totals about eight times that, or 848,163. That’s only a couple hundred thousand more than the reported 625,000 American deaths recorded for the American Civil War, and about twice the number of American deaths Wikipedia reports from World War II. It’s fair to note that the American Civil War lasted four years: from 1861 to 1865.

More recently, and with little to no fanfare or media attention, America needlessly lost 661,241 lives. That’s right, according to the annual report of a well-known organization that receives US tax dollars from the federal government, more than six times the number of reported civilian deaths from military operations in Iraq were killed in the United States in 2009 and 2010. All died through violent means.

But it’s okay. The deaths happened legally.

In 2010 Planned Parenthood facilitated the removal of 331,796 unnecessary tissues from women. They followed that up the next year by saving the lives of another 329,445 women through vital medical procedures the organization claims is guaranteed by the US Constitution.

While this is what Planned Parenthood advocates would like you to believe, and it’s essentially what they tell women coming in for abortions, according to a former Planned Parenthood clinic director, their own 2009-2010 annual report lists it a little more succinctly. They call it “abortion services.”

So, over the course of two years, Planned Parenthood managed, in part with millions in taxpayer dollars from the federal government, to kill at least 661,241 human beings in the United States. I say “at least” because we don’t really know how many women died following those medical procedures.

While from one side of the Planned Parenthood mouth they claim to be suffering economically right along with the rest of us, they managed to eek out these vital medical services with what they report in their 2009-2010 annual report as $487.4 million in “government health services grants and reimbursements” while also reporting a whopping $1,009,600,000 in total net assets. Total net assets grew from the previous annual report by more than 1.47%. Government grants and contracts provided $363.2 million in revenue to Planned Parenthood during its 2009-2010 fiscal year, according to the organization’s annual report.

So you see, perspective paints a bit of a different picture when you compare the number of war deaths over America’s history to the number of innocent human beings who had no voice, and no opportunity to otherwise speak up for themselves, who had their lives needlessly snuffed not on the battlefield, but on the table of a medical clinic, under the direction of a physician otherwise charged with saving lives.

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