The Case For Abortion: 500,000 Lost Lives Annually

    By Frosty Wooldridge | 6 December 2012
    Church and State

    A woman holds a poster during a vigil in Dublin November 17, 2012, in memory of Savita Halappanavar and in support of changes to abortion law. REUTERS / Cathal McNaughton

    Each year on this planet, according to the World Health Organization, 10 million children under the age of 12 and 8 million adults die of starvation or related diseases. Their lives up to the point of death speak to the inhumanity of humanity toward itself—hopelessness, lack of sanitation, diseases, misery, suffering, hunger, lack of water and a host of horrific consequences.

    Currently, the human race stands at 7.1 billion and gallops toward 10.1 billion by mid century—a scant 38 years from now. At the same time, 2 .5 to 3.0 billion humans live in water, food and quality of life degradation not known or understood by most citizens of Western countries.

    Each year, 57 million humans die on this planet from all causes. At the same time, the third world replaces them with 57 million new babies and adds another 80 million new babies to the human horde now scavenging the Earth for food, water and resources. We ravage our biosphere at an ever increasing rate of speed.

    What drives such fecundity madness? Ancient religions such as the Catholic Church, Islam, Hindus and many others cannot unstick themselves from the 1st and 6th centuries. The Pope stands against any form of birth control along with Islam and other religions. Ancient cultures fail to understand their own predicaments. One look at India’s 1.2 billion people illustrates my point—incredible poverty and misery for countless millions. Most live in denial even while mass starvation continues all around them. Example: 1,000 children die every day in India from dysentery, diarrhea and other water borne diseases. (Source: Yet, India adds 11 million net gain annually into the population nightmare of their country.

    Even in the United States, untold millions sanctimoniously promote unlimited birthrates. Men scream against abortion and strive to make sure women do not possess any choice. One U.S. senator recently said that God wanted a raped woman to deliver the rapist’s child—so she could not have an abortion. What an intellectual and religious troglodyte!

    Because of lame-brains like that, 46 million women who cannot secure birth control annually—ask for and submit to abortions of their fetuses.

    Sally Epstein, a birth control advocate for the past 60 years, spoke about abortion in her famous, “Five hundred thousand lost lives.”

    Before me on the north lawn of the United Nations in New York, on a cold, rain-splattered, sodden day in April, 1992, a carpet of 500,000 carnations was strewn like a red, white and pink Oriental carpet, each wilting flower representing a woman or girl who had died because of pregnancy during the past year. Just as each flower was doomed by cutting its stem at full bloom, the life of a woman, mature or very young, already a mother or for the first time barely pregnant, also died before old age carried her away. Who can imagine the delicate flowers transformed into a heap of 500,000 corpses?

    My mind slides from that slippery slope of numbers to individual scenes I can grasp. I picture a young Pakistani girl, wed in childhood (age 12), who has never seen menstrual blood, expired because the full grown baby cannot be forced through her undeveloped pelvis. I see a 30 year old woman give birth to her 8th squalling baby. Massive hemorrhaging begins—she dies. The baby? Died of starvation.

    Surely, if we can spend billions on stealth bombers that cause death to thousands, we could promote birth control supplies to stem the slaughter of pregnant women around the world.

    Epstein related that the same happens to 500,000 women annually. She asks how women can be controlled by the Pope and the old men of the Vatican. She asked why and how could they create so much human misery. What purpose? What reason?

    After speaking to Sally Epstein, I came away with greater understanding of her advocacy of birth control and abortion. Men cannot understand women’s dilemmas as to pregnancy and birth. Most men that stand against abortion lack any understanding of women’s victimization by other men.

    Is every human life sacred? Is every human life sacred if it is born into starvation, misery and hopelessness? The answer will always be discovered by each individual person.

    In the final reality, men do not deserve or possess any power over what women choose. Abortions have been going on for thousands of years. Is it moral? Is it ethical? Is it right? Answer: it’s none of your business. It’s not your call. Those 46 million women will choose abortion because some man like the Pope or the head of Islam dictated against birth control.

    Such actions by such men make a reasonable mind—sick.

    Western countries need to empower third world women with birth control, education and the ability to choose abortion when they choose it—safely, with hygiene and emotional support.

    In the end, men have dominated, enslaved and castigated women over the centuries. Islam is perverted and sickening as to how it treats its women. The Catholic Church continues to be out of touch with modern reality.

    It’s time that women take charge of their lives, stand up to men and make their choices as they wish.

    Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents – from the Arctic to the South Pole – as well as eight times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. In 2012, he bicycled coast to coast across America. His latest book is: How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of Exploring the World by Frosty Wooldridge, copies at 1 888 280 7715/ Motivational program: How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of Exploring the World by Frosty Wooldridge, click:

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    1. I would have thought the reason why religions oppose both birth control and abortion is quite clear. Religions do not sell products, only irrational beliefs that must be perpetuated to hold on to and increase their money generating membership bases.

      The management of the religions produce nothing and, therefore, generate nothing of any value other than training the lower orders of clergy how to convince the religion's followers to believe in the stories that each religion peddles as fact and retain, and increase, their number in order to maintain the income stream.

      In the main, the senior clergy of any religion live in the lap of luxury and just love to squander money on monuments to their various gods in the form of churches, mosques, synagogues or whatever.

      In this second decade of the 21st century, we see science, having already provided factual answers to so many of the questions that, centuries ago, could only be answered with "a god or gods did it", that it is now clear that had human society simply accepted such an irrational explanation for all things for which no answer then existed, we would probably be extinct as a species by now. If humanity can avoid making itself extinct, perhaps in another thousand or ten thousand years, answers to questions that remain unanswered by science today will be answered. "A god or gods did it" is, quite simply, not an answer at all but just another question.

      The only obvious reason for the existence of religions, then, is to self-perpetuate themselves by draining money out of the economy for no return other than the maintenance of the religion itself.

      It is interesting to note that, according to the Vatican's own "Vatican Radio" [], in 2011 the Vatican, from just 5 of its income sources, had an income of $205,087,953.87 (at today's exchange rate of €1 = $1.37).

      When I see such massive amounts of cash being given to religions for their own self-perpetuation, I wonder at governments, such as in Ireland, where I live, that allow – indeed, positively encourage – the indoctrination of children at schools to believe in one or other religion's "only true" belief system.

      If ordinary, mainly impoverished, people cannot be made to understand what their money is being spent on, is it not time for religions to be taxed on their income and for such tax income to be ring-fenced for birth control education and poverty relief?


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