Yesterday was the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
My deepest and most heartfelt thank-you to those mothers who carried their babies to full term even when it was inconvenient, or embarrassing or negatively impacted your schooling or career.
I also thank the legions of foster parents, parents by adoption and the social workers who facilitate them.
To frame the magnitude of the raw numbers of abortions:
Number of babies born into slavery in the United States between 1778 and 1865: 7.9 million*
Number of babies aborted in the United States 1973-2019: 61 million (source)
Number of black babies aborted in the United States 1973-2019: 18.3 million (source)
*Number of slaves born based on US Census data and an assumed life expectancy of 40 years. Four million of those born into slavery lived to see freedom.