Monday, April 30, 2007

More Thoughts About Numbers

In a recent blog post entitled "Speaking Of Numbers", I made comparisons between the number of people killed in Iraq during the past 4 years since the war began, versus the number of unborn children killed by legal abortion since abortion was legalized in the United States in 1973.

That comparison was brought on by an editorial on another web site, in which a guy named Cenk Uygur said that the number of people recently killed at Virginia Tech was trivial in comparison with the number of people killed on an average day in Iraq.

Now, based on Uygur's figures (in which he calculated that approximately 85 people were killed in Iraq every day), I calculated that about 124,000 people had been killed in Iraq since the war began. I calculated that that was approximately 1/4 of 1% of the nearly 49 million unborn children killed in the United States by means of legal abortion since Roe v Wade legalized abortion in January of 1973. I pointed out that not one of those unborn children had ever deliberately threatened or harmed anyone, whereas many of the people who had died in Iraq had died because they were in the process of trying to cause harm to others.

Now, one might think that it would take a huge number of people in order to kill 49 million people, even if they took 34 years (from 1973 until now) to do it. But one would be underestimating the ruthless efficiency with which the abortionists operate.

In one article at, dated January 13, 2006, it discusses an ABC News Nightline episode in which ABC Profiled a 70 year old Arkansas abortionist named William Harrison. According to the article, Harrison himself estimated that he had performed more than 10,000 abortions during a period spanning more than 30 years. Hmmm, let's see. Divide 10,000 by 30, and you're still left with about 333 killings every year. So if this guy took 3 or 4 days off every month (Sundays, presumably), he was basically killing one unborn child every day, and he did so month in and month out for 30 years or so.

To put this into perspective, consider this: As of 9/19/2006, an article published by US Today stated that our troop levels at that time consisted of approximately 140,000 troops. If each one of our soldiers killed as many people on a daily basis as William Harrison had killed during his 30 years as an abortionists, then the average daily death toll in Iraq would be 127,726, not the 85 claimed by Cenk Urguy. (140,000 x 333 per year / 365 days per year.)

What kind of mentality does it take for a person to kill 10,000 or more human beings during the course of one's lifetime? The kind of mentality which enabled Dr. Harrison to describe the unborn children he'd killed as "blobs", despite the fact that he saw the corpses of his victims and therefore must have known from personal experience that they were not undifferentiated blobs of tissue. The kind of mentality which would cause Dr. Harrison to describe the women for whom he had performed abortions as "born again". If that isn't enough to turn your stomach and boggle your mind, then you have no stomach and no mind.

But I don't know why I should really be surprised by Dr. Harrison's attitude. Once one has committed evil a few dozen times, what's left of one's conscience shuts down and it becomes utterly incapable of experiencing anything resembling guilt or remorse. One may even develop a pathological Messiah complex and begin to see one's murderous acts as acts which bring redemption and rebirth, just as Harrison's use of the term "born again" seems to suggest.

You know what's great about old abortionists such as Harrison? They eventually die of old age and they have to face the One who made them. It isn't a question of whether or not they will face God's justice. It's just a question of when.

On that day, I would not want to be Dr. Harrison. I would not want to have to explain why I had abandoned the healing arts in order to dedicate more than 30 years of my life to the utterly artless and contemptible act of repeatedly killing innocent human beings for money.

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