Opinion Piece By Donna Westfall – May 12, 2019 – It’s Mother’s Day 2019, and I recently looked at the population numbers for Canada at 37 million in 2018. California exceeds those numbers by an additional 2 1/2 million for the same year. Then I took a look at the abortions performed in Canada since 1970 to present.
CANADA = 11,000+ abortions performed in 1970. Today about 100,000 are performed each year.
CALLIFORNIA = hasn’t reported abortion figures since 1998. However, taxpayer’s dollars do pay for abotions and with 12 percent of the population of the United States in California, it performs more abortions per year than any other state in the nation. Abortions in California represent 17% of all abortions in the United States per the Guttmacher Institute. which was a division of Planned Parenthood named after obstetrician-gynocologist and the former president of Planned Parenthood, Alan F. Guttmacher. They split from Planned Parenthood in 2007.
But to get back to the question about the abortion capital of our great nation, the answer is YES, we are the abortion capital in the USA.
Hardly a distinction I’m proud of. Every time I check in at www.number ofabortions.com I’m dismayed by the numbers. In the USA alone, over 61,279,791 (that’s millions folks) with 8,412,858 by Planned Parenhood since 1973. These numbers are based on surgical abortions, not chemically induced abortions – which account roughly for another 250 million babies since Roe v Wade.
60 million – that’s the population of Italy. 17% equals 10,200,000. That’s our share, folks of the abortion travesty.
250 million – that’s nearly the population of Brazil.
Actually, the history of legal abortions in California began when Gov. Reagan signed the Therapeutic Abortion Act in 1967 – 6 years before Roe v Wade became the law of the land. The act signed in 1967 allowed the termination of pregnancy by a physician, in an accredited hospital, when there was a specific finding that there was a substantial risk that its continuation would “gravely impair the physical or mental health of the mother,” or when the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest. After the Act became law, the number of abortions performed in California soared.
Over the years, locals would decry that state taxpayer’s money didn’t pay for abortions but then there’s this: In the 1981, the California Supreme Court found in the Committee to Defend Reproductive Rights v. Myers that the Medi-Cal ban on funding of abortions was unconstitutional. The Court ruled that the restriction (of not being able to afford to pay for an abortion) was “an obstacle” to the exercising of the expressed constitutional right. The 1997 California Supreme Court decision regarding parental consent for abortion, American Academy of Pediatrics v. Lungren, ruled that a minor’s right to privacy superseded her parents’ rights as guardians. As a result parents have no right to even know about their minor daughter’s abortion.
Reproductive age is considered 15 – 44 years old.
Today in California, any girl/woman can get an abortion for any reason or no reason and most have it funded by taxpayer’s dollars and performed by physicians, nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physicians’ assistants who complete specified training. There are no restrictions on age, marital status, or religious affiliation. No need for parental consent either as noted above. Just walk in and arrange an appointment.
The majority of women in California getting abortions are in the 20-24 age group and predominantly unmarried.
- about 40% – White
- 30% – Black,
- 25% – Hispanic
- and the balance – other
In our throwaway society, where the value of a human life is becoming less and less, where on the one hand spending taxpayer’s dollars used for abortions performed on our citizens; and on the other hand spending of taxpayer’s dollars used for births by illegal aliens aka undocumented workers.
What’s going on here?
Let’s go back to the numbers.
From an article By Steven A. Camarota, Karen Zeigler, and Jason Richwine on October 9, 2018 titled , “Births to Legal and Illegal Immigrants in the US,” California had 173,000 births with 54% of them uninsured and/or on Medi-Cal. The US automatically allows citizenship to babies born in the USA. And the majority of those children are also on Medi-Cal.
To wrap this up. While California performs more abortions than any other state, backlash against abortions across the nation are creating new restrictions. Whether or not California will ever enact any restrictions on abortions is probably not going to happen in the near future barring a miracle.
Democrats that cry and moan about school shootings and dead children and let’s take all guns away are many of the same that will march and cry out for the demise of babies in the uterus up to and including labor and delivery because it’s a woman’s constitutional right (right now) to destroy that life. While this double standard doesn’t make a lick of sense, at some point, it will come down to the this: will the right to life win out?
For those of us still paying taxes and wondering what ever happened to our choice about tax dollars paying for a procedure that equates to murder? Given the choice of aborting or supporting that child, where would the numbers be?
Last year, this initiative made headlines,
California Abortion as First-Degree Murder Initiative (2018)
It didn’t make it to the November ballot for failing to submit enough signatures.
Oh, and then there’s our Gov. Newsom who stopped the death penalty for over 700 inmates on death row. Gov. Newsom believes the intentional killing of another person is wrong, but he has no problem with abortion. He has no problem continuing the lives of those who were convicted by California courts but will now continue their lives paid for by taxpayers dollars.
Go figure. Who is this idiot and why is he in office?
Why so many abortions? Because women today look at carrying and bearing a child as inconvenient. It all boils down to two main reasons: having a baby would dramatically interfere with their education, work or ability to care for their dependents, or they could not afford a baby at the time. With New York and now Virginia allowing abortions up to and including delivery, the backlash is something terrific.
What will it take to see restrictions in California or will it remain the abortion capital of the nation?
- When people decide that enough is enough and that babies are not widgets to be thrown away because of inconvenience or economics.
- When people decide there is a moral issue to consider and that means that all life is precious.
- When people decide that preventative measures are more important that utilizing abortion as birth control.
- When the horror of killing perfectly fine babies during labor and after birth hits home for the evil that it is. (Note: California currently prohibits late birth abortions but allows exemptions.)
For now, California will remain the abortion capital of the nation. We’ve become a state of barbarians.