To put this number into perspective, I needed to find the actual population of women in the US. As of the 2002 census, there were more than 141 million women in the US, a number that has certainly grown in the past six years.
19.4% of women ages 15 to 44 had abortions in 2005, the lowest number since 1974.
The census doesn't break down the number of women in this particular age group, so I cannot offer further details. However, this decrease is certainly worth celebrating and hopefully, will no longer be a matter that people consider when selecting a president.
Mind you, I am not saying it shouldn't be considered at all, but a candidate's position on abortion, should not be the only criteria used to select a president.
For the record, I am pro-life, but I have a problem with the government having the authority to prevent abortions, because it is ultimately up to the pregnant female what she can and cannot do.
I am more concerned for the female that is making decisions that will affect the rest of her life than I am for the unborn.
We cannot legislate morality.
If we are so concerned about abortions, why not do something about the culture that pervades our minds daily which is a culture of sexual gratification. One only needs to watch a few minutes of MTV or listen to the radio to understand this. Combine the music with the invasion of cute sex in the movie theatres and you have a problem. Television is totally out of control with the programming they provide for all audiences, including teen sex, adult infidelity and homosexuals portrayed as normal, every day Americans.
You are what you eat. Likewise, your mind determines its priorities, standards of morality, and conscience based on what you feed the brain.
Consider how much time people spend listening to music, watching tv or going to the movies and you get the picture.
Right now we need a president capable of handling challenges that are new and vital to our preservation. One issue alone is not enough to choose a president. There are many issues on the table, all of which affect different Americans at different ages and stages in their lives.
Links for further reading...
* Boston News - Number of abortion lowest in decades
* Women census statistics