by Jack Minor –
While many in the pro-life community cite the morality of taking a human life in their opposition to abortion, a new website reveals the cost is far greater than simply the number of dead children.
The website invisibleinfants.org features data it says shows the economic effects of abortion. According to the site, the total number of deaths from surgical abortions equals the entire population of the 129 largest cities in the U.S. When chemical abortions are factored in, the death toll increases to the entire population of the country’s nine most populous states.
Invisible infants calculates that the income that would have been produced by these murdered babies would equal 17 percent of all taxes and 41 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
The site explains that the conclusions were reached when the number of abortions was factored with a marriage factor of .5 and 2.1 children per family. The income is then figured beginning in 1996, which is 23 years after Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in America. Average income and tax rates are based on census and IRS data.
The site says abortion inside a mother’s womb amounts to a new Berlin Wall. “We spend millions of dollars a year protecting the lives of our citizens, our children, the elderly, the handicapped, and criminals. Why? Just because they escaped from their mother’s womb? Is this the new Berlin Wall? Is it the new window to freedom?”
Marco Ciavolino, who created the site, said every year he and others would set up pro-life displays at their local fair showing infants in the various stages of growth. Ciavolino said he and others began to think about other issues besides simply the numbers of dead babies, so they set up a spreadsheet to try and get some idea of the total economic cost of abortion.
“This is the source of our housing crisis (we’ve killed all the buyers). It’s the source of economic slowdown (we’ve killed all the innovators and workers). It cascades out for years.”
Ciavolino said, while the economic numbers are important, we must not lose sight of the real issue. “Somehow we have chosen to accept the outright killing of human beings. If we tried to do this to a dog or horse or a cat, or attempted suicide, or cut off our limbs, we’d be arrested. Yet every day, every 24 seconds, a defenseless human is cut up, salted out, has its brains sucked out and more.”
He continued, “Why? Because we’ve been convinced the infant in the mother’s womb is not a real person or we just don’t care that they are. Frankly, it is almost beyond comprehension. We have systematically removed more than 60 million individuals from our country. People who never had a chance to grow, innovate, produce, provide, buy, sell, love.”
Michael McManus, President of Marriage Savers, which helped sponsor the site, says they want to help get the information presented to the public.
Gail Holmes, executive director of the Pregnancy Resource Center in Greeley, said she appreciates the idea of showing the economic as well as the moral costs of abortion, and, while critics may argue over abortion saying it is unclear when life begins; we should always err on the side of life. “If there is even the remotest doubt (when life begins), I say err on the side of life.”