As the nation marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the National Right to Life Committee estimates that 54,559,615 abortions have been performed in the United States since the Supreme Court guaranteed a woman’s right to the procedure.
The organization compiled its data from the Centers for Disease Control and the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion group that once served as Planned Parenthood’s research arm, Lifenews.com reports.
Guttmacher’s numbers come directly from abortion centers and serves as the prime source for more current figures because the CDC has never tabulated accurate numbers of abortions, Lifenews reports.
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In addition, the CDC relies on figures from state health departments, some of which rely on voluntary reporting — “and it hasn’t had data from some states such as California and New Hampshire for more than a decade,” Lifenews reports.
"The number means there are more than 3,300 abortions daily and 137 abortions per hour every hour in the United States,” Lifenews reports. “Translated another way, an abortion is done about every 30 seconds in the United States.”
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