Below are the sources for the statistics used and rationale for the number of abortions used in the abortion counters. Each abortion counter is a real-time estimate of the number of abortion in the US and the number of abortions worldwide based on the very latest data of the actual number of abortions performed in past years. Most of the abortions reported in these numbers are surgically induced. The eleven abortion counters include: number of abortions in the US today, number of abortions in the US since Roe versus Wade (1973), number of abortions in the US this year, number of abortions in the US this year due to rape or incest, number of abortions in the US this year after 16 weeks gestation, number of abortions by Planned Parenthood since 1970, and the number of aborions by planned Parenthood this year, number of abortions worldwide since 1980, number of abortions worldwide this year, and number of abortions worldwide today. * The Guttmacher Institute, formed as a division of Planned Parenthood of America, reported 42 million abortions World-Wide in 2003 which was down from 46 million in 1995.The study was funded by the World Health Organization, an agency of the UN and the World Bank. * In January 2011, the Guttmacher Institute reported:a.) 1.21 million abortions in the US in 2008. The number of abortions from 2005 - 2008 has remained the same; b.) 5.3% of abortions in the US occurred from week 16 of pregnancy to week 32;c.) From 1973 to 2008,more than 50 million legal abortions occurred in the US; and d.) Medication abortion (mifepristone) accounted for one quarter of all abortions before 9 weeks gestation in the US in 2008. US STUDY on abortions: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.pdf
* The National Right to Life Committee reported on their 1/2012 fact sheet (http://www.nrlc.org/Factsheets/FS03_AbortionInTheUS.pdf ) that the total of US abortions since 1973 (RVW) through 2011 was 54,559,615 basedon state government health organization data & the Guttmacher Institute data including factoring in the possible 3% undercount cited by GI for their own figures.
* The number of abortions executed by Planned Parenthood shown in the counters come from PP's Annual Reports. They reported 329,445 in 2010 and 333,924 in 2011.
* The World Wide abortion counters uses one of the more conservative estimates on the number of abortions world-wide since 1980 (40 Million per year for 30years) and this equals 1,200,000 Billion (from Lifesitenews.com: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/oct/09101604.html)
* All the US abortion counters show results with one decimal place displayed.This was originally done to show that these abortion counters are active and not a static count.If you look at abortion procedures like Dilation & Evacuation (http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/images/asmf8a.html ) or Partial-Birth abortion (http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/pba/index.html), you realize that the abortion takes place in pieces over time so the decimal places do represent some reality.
* Why is there a "After 16 weeks gestation" abortion counter?There is a lot of argument about "When does life begin" ?It would seem to be pretty hard for anyone to argue that a baby at 16 weeks gestation "is just a blob of tissue" based on what the scientific community knows today about the development of a baby at 16 weeks:
- The body is fully formed, the fingers and toes have fingerprints & nails.
- Is about 5 inches long and weighsabout 3 ounces.
- The baby is moving about: may grasp for the umbilical cord , suck it?s thumb, andmake facial expressions
- The heart & circulatory system and the urinary tract are fully functioning. and the blood is pumping through these tiny veins
- The baby is inhaling and exhaling the amniotic fluid through the lungs.
-The eyes are in the proper position, and the baby can see straight ahead & blink his/her eyelids.
- The genitals have formed. In the case of a girl, the uterus has already developed and the ovaries are in the proper place.
- Umberto Castiello, University of Padova, Italy reported unborn babies have the ability to interact as early as 14 weeks into the pregnancy: "We conclude that performance of movements towards the co-twin is not accidental: already starting from the 14th week of gestation twin fetuses execute movements specifically aimed at the co-twin."
* Planned Parenthood reports the number of abortions performed each year in their annual report: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/AR08_vFinal.pdf and 2009-2010 annual report. Planned Parenthood’s 2005-2006 annual report states that they committed 264,943 abortions in the USA in 2005 and from 1977 through 2005, Planned Parenthood performed 4,068,749 abortions in the USA.More recent PP annual reports show they committed 289,750 in 2006, 305,310 in 2007, 324,008 in 2008, 331796 in 2009, and 329,445 in 2010.
* This site is also accessible by www.usabortionclock.org. The original idea a page of abortion counters came from the site www.usdebtclock.org is a very interesting perspective on the magnitude of the US debt obligations.
To view the active count of the number of abortions in the US and the numbers of abortions worldwide return to www.abortioncounters.com web page.
Review number of abortions by Planned Parenthood since 1970.